Restorative Yoga For Stress Management

It is a well-known fact that the modern lifestyle is taking a toll on the health of the human race. Stress is the most wearing result of a fast-paced life. It is regarded as a “killer” and the source of various health problems. Studies claim that anxiety and tension contribute to a multitude of problems, such as hypertension, headaches, body ache, lower immunity, depression, heart attack, and so much more.

The constant stress prevents and distracts the body from healing itself. Our mind and body need a way to cope up with stress for overall maintenance of the health. Are there any effective means of resting and exercising the body? Yes, consider joining the restorative yoga sessions to reap the tremendous rewards of healing effortlessly.


Restorative postures, which are supported by blocks, bolsters, blankets, and other props are designed to maximize comfort and allow the practitioner to fully let go off all the tensions stored in their body and mind. Also, in certain restorative yoga asanas, head is near or below the heart, which triggers the reflexes that quiet the mind and heart.


Here is a list of restorative yoga postures that you can  practice to soothe your mind:


1. Reclined Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana): Practice this yoga pose to get relief from hypertension, insomnia, panic attacks and anxiety. It increases your energy levels to the fullest.

How to do: Begin in a staff pose with arms by your side. Bend your knees, pull your heels close towards your pelvis and touch the soles of your feet together. This is bound angle pose. Slowly leaning backward, bring your body to the floor and rest your spine on a bolster. For added support, place a block underneath each knee and close your eyes. Remain in this pose for several deep breaths.


2. Child Pose (Balasana): This pose gives a gentle massage to the muscles of the back torso and effectively releases all tensions and fatigue.

How to do: Come on your fours and separate your knees hip-width apart. Rest your posterior on your heels. Make sure your spine is erect. Upon exhalation; lean forward draping your torso between your thighs. Bring your heart and chest over your thighs and rest your forehead on a folded blanket. You can also place a blanket between your thighs and your calves. Remain in this pose for 5 minutes.


3. Legs up the wall pose (Viparita Karani): The practice of this pose confers the practitioners with a wide array of benefits such as reduced anxiety, relief from headaches, stimulated digestive functions, etc.

How to do: Place a bolster against a wall. Sit against the wall on your left side and rest your lower back on the bolster. Turn your body to the left and slowly extend your legs up the wall. Lie down on the floor and rest your shoulders and head on the ground. Support your lower back with the bolster and spread your arms wide open. Hold this pose for 5-10 minutes.


4. Reclined Spinal Twist Pose (Supta Matsyendrasana): An excellent pose that relaxes your spine, increases blood flow to the digestive system and enhances overall health.

How to do: Lie on a floor with bent knees. Rest your head and neck on a folded blanket or a pillow. As you exhale, bring your knees close to your chest and interlace your fingers around them. Now, straighten your left leg on the ground and extend your right arm out at shoulder height. Drop your right knee to your left side of your body and place your left hand on the outside of the right knee. Twist your head to the right side. For extra added support place a blanket between your legs. Retain the pose for 20-30 breaths.


5. Corpse Pose or Savasana: A deeply relaxing pose that has therapeutic effects on stress. Reduced nervous tensions, enhanced clarity of thought, slower heart rate are some of the key benefits.

How to do: Lie straight on a yoga mat with legs stretched and arms by your side. Place block under each knee. Close your eyes and you can also place a folded towel over your eyes for soothing effect. Breathe naturally and remain in this pose for 5 minutes.


Keep stress, depression, and fatigue at the back burner and heal your soul with these restorative yoga postures.

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The author is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveler in India. He provides yoga teacher training in nepal , Kerala and Rishikesh India. He loves wri

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