The Best Restorative Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress [Infographic]

Restorative Yoga-Some great yoga advice and infographic from Greatist.com, one of our favorite health, fitness, and happiness websites:

Whether it’s in your hips, glutes, or all in your head, tension has a way of accumulating as we hustle through the day-to-day. But there are ways to reclaim some very necessary “me” time with just a few simple steps.

Restorative yoga prioritizes stillness, relaxation, and a calmer state of mind, even more so than more traditional forms of yoga. By incorporating props like yoga blocks, bolsters, blankets, and straps to support and align the body, restorative posesallow the body to fully relax in each posture (so no straining to lift and hold that tricky full wheel pose). Practicing “active relaxation” or gentle yoga (as it’s also known) can also help yogis hold poses longer than they normally would, giving weary muscles and connective tissues and little extra TLC.

The silver lining: There’s room for restorative poses in even the tightest of places. Just remember to take the time to get in and out of each pose safely — especially when the spine is involved. And for those with injuries, be sure to move through each posture with a pro before trying them on your own.

Greatist Expert and yoga instructor Rebecca Pacheco suggests starting off with these six postures, from the hip-opening half-pigeon pose to the oh-so-restorative legs-up-the-wall pose. So find a quiet spot — and a few uninterrupted minutes — and get ready to restore.

The Best Restorative Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress

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Comments

  1. Got any Yoga tips for relieving the pain of arthritis? My right ankle, base of left thumb and right shoulder are all getting more painful and less flexible as I get older.

  2. Relaxation, this is the reason why I do Yoga regularly. I find it really helpful especially if you do it properly. The poses are hard at first but very worth it. It promotes flexibility and it is effective if you want to clear your mind and forget about the stresses in life.

  3. This is a great Infographic thank you for sharing this information. I deal with a lot tension and stress in my life, i’m looking forward to trying these poses to see if it helps with my stress levels.

  4. Very helpful, I like yoga but it has not helped me with some hip and leg problems that are not severe but are annoying. Maybe a refresher and getting the movements correct will help me. Thanks.

  5. Learning is easier and more fun with such images. Will share this post to friends, even those who are not practicing yoga regularly.

  6. Just what I needed after a long day’s work sitting at the desk in front of my computer. :)

  7. I could not do the half-pigeon, I just seem too tight. Hopefully with practice that will come.Doing the other exercises has reduced my stress levels.

  8. I love half-pigeon! It really does help me relax and relieve tons of stress. I can sty there and let gravity help do the stretch for a long time. Simply fantastic!

  9. One technical question – does Savasana need legs to be folded or supported by pillows as in the diagram. I had learnt it to lie down relaxing your body and breathing slowly.

  10. I have been practicing yoga for a couple of years now and I have to say that Guru Rattana is probably my favorite teacher out there. She is totally inspiring and her DVDs have helped me fine-tune my skills. You can find her DVDs at http://www.yogatech.com, as well as other DVDs from yoga gurus.

  11. Good Stuff! Pinned onto my pinterest “Yoga the Details” board at YogaKiddos! Thanks!

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