It’s hard to relax in the modern, fast-paced world we live in. Unfortunately, constantly being on the go can leave us feeling drained and worn out. If you’re finding it hard to relax and can’t sit still enough to follow your guided meditation recording, why not try some yoga.
Yoga is an excellent way to unwind after a busy day, so we’ve compiled the top 3 yoga poses to help you relax.
- Tree Pose
The tree pose is a great way to ground yourself – because you have to focus on breathing and balancing on one leg, there’s no room for your mind to wander. It can also help you to centre your mind by focusing on a gazing point.
Start by standing with both feet together. Ground your balance by focusing on your gazing point, and as you take a deep breath in, carefully move your left foot up your right thigh. Focusing on your breathing, place the bottom of your right foot on your upper thigh, or if your joints are sore, place it on your calf. Be careful not to push your weight into your knee as this can cause injury.
Once your foot is in place, and you’re balanced, bring your hands together in front of your heart in a prayer position.
As you focus on your gazing point, feel your breath slide down to your navel and then slide up as you exhale. Repeat the deep breathing until you feel grounded. Repeat with your other side.
- Extended Puppy Pose
This pose helps to lengthen the spine and calm the mind (which is important after a long day, and especially if you work a desk job). It also helps with grounding.
Start by kneeling on a yoga mat or comfy floor. Focusing on deep breathing, walk your hands out so that you are on all fours. As you exhale, move your buttocks back towards your heals and lower your forehead onto the ground. Relax your neck, but make sure to keep a slight curve in your lower back. To stretch your spine, press your hands into the ground and stretch through the arms as you pull your hips back toward your heels.
Breathe into your abdomen and focus on lengthening your spine in both directions. Hold the pose for 30 seconds to a minute. As you exhale, release your buttocks down onto your heels.
- Corpse Pose
Like the other two poses, the corpse pose helps to relax and ground your whole body. It’s also a really good pose to do before bed.
Start by laying down on your back on a yoga mat or comfy floor. As you focus on breathing deeply into your stomach, align your body to make sure both sides of your body are resting evenly and your shoulders are relaxed.
As you inhale, close your eyes and picture your muscles and bones relaxing into the floor. Image your body is being absorbed by the floor and spreading out like a puddle of water.
Working from the soles of your feet all the way up to the crown of your head, consciously imaging every body part, muscle, organ and cell relaxing. As your internal mental chatter starts to quiet down, fill your mind and body with peace.
Stay in the corpse pose for 5 minutes. To exit the pose, exhale and roll gently onto your right side. Take 3 deep breaths on your side. As you exhale again, press your hands against the floor and lift your torso up, dragging your head slowly after.