“Our bodies are quite sophisticated in telling us when we’re getting into trouble, and our job is noticing it and actually paying attention, and doing something about it.” — Baxter Bell, MD
These calming yoga poses should be your go-to daily stretches. If you can’t manage them everyday, a minimum of twice a week will make a huge difference.
Calming Yoga Poses Nº1
Sublime Supine Spinal Twist: The relieving one
Useful for cases of sciatica, the Supine Spinal Twist is essential for rehydrating the spinal discs, energising the spine and realigning the tissues that support the spinal cord. Incorporating a twist pose into your routine is not only beneficial and relieving for the back, but it also massages internal organs too. This whole-body treatment means you’re toning the outside just as much as the inside, encouraging the natural detoxification process your body goes through every day, improving metabolism and helping digestion. It also feels sublime!
Calming Yoga Poses Nº2
Child’s Pose: The soothing one
A protective and soothing pose which gently stretches the ankles, thighs, hips and lower back. Child’s pose is a great place to end any yoga routine, but particularly useful for night-time sessions to bring you into a calm and meditative state, ready for bed. Child’s pose helps to stretch the hips, thighs, and ankles while reducing stress and fatigue. It gently relaxes the muscles on the front of the body while softly and passively stretching the muscles of the back torso. When practicing this position, it’s beneficial to keep the head and torso supported, as this will help to relieve stubborn shoulder and neck pain.
Calming Yoga Poses Nº3
Bridge Pose: The powerful one
Because your heart is higher than your head in the bridge pose, it’s considered a gentle inversion. Inversion stretches help maintain flexibility, strength and hydration of the spinal discs. The bridge in particular is important for the posterior neck, thighs and hip flexors. In addition, it expands the chest and lungs whilst opening up the shoulders, diaphragm and heart. This is a really powerful pose that targets stress, fatigue, headaches, anxiety and mild depression, high blood pressure and asthma.
Calming Yoga Poses Nº4
Legs up a wall: The circulatory saviour
This restorative pose, also known as the ‘Inverted Lake,’ is a mild inversion which has a wide range of health benefits. From anti-ageing effects, to improving cases of insomnia, this pose is an all-in-one benefit that everybody can do. Due to the legs being vertically positioned, and elevated from the heart, this regulates heart rhythm and stabilises blood pressure. It also helps with respiratory ailments, works as a headache relief, reduces swollen ankles and varicose veins, relieves pressure and pain from the lower back and brings a sense of peace and wellbeing to the mind and body. Recommended especially for women during their menstrual cycle or going through menopause.
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If you’re thinking of getting serious with your stretching habits, we offer a diploma-correspondent course in Yoga which entitles you to teach anywhere in the world! And the perfect compliment to our Yoga Course is our Meditation and Mindfulness Courses. If it’s the workings of the body that fascinate you, try our Anatomy & Physiology course, which is the perfect complimentary qualification for any physical holistic practice. Whatever you choose here with us at The School of Natural Health Sciences, you can be sure that your CV, spectrum of knowledge, and outlook on life will be forever enriched.