This days we all have stress. But how we deal with it is a whole different story. The next time you need to unwind after a long day, try a few of our favorite yoga inversions, forward folds and reclining poses to help.
This simple series is suitable for beginners and seasoned practitioners. Make time for the sequence before bed or practice this at any point in the day — it’s a great way to relax your mind and body when you may be feeling tense.
Wide-Legged Forward Bend Pose (Prasarita Padottanasana)
How To: Stand up tall and walk your feet out wide. Turn your toes out slightly. Hinge at your hips and fold forward. Bring your hands to the mat directly under your shoulders. Soften your knees in order to release your head and neck. Slowly roll up to standing position.
Purpose of Pose: Stretches the muscles in the back, hamstrings and calves.
Sphinx Pose (Salamba Bhujangasana)
How To: Lie flat on your stomach. Place your elbows under your shoulders, then begin to lift your chest. Draw your shoulders down your back and press your forearms down. Look forward and allow your chin to drop slightly.
Purpose of Pose: Stretches the abdominal muscles, opens the chest and shoulders and strengthens the spine.
Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
How To: Lie flat on your back. Bring the soles of your feet together so that they touch. Bring one hand to your heart, one hand to your belly. Close your eyes. Optional: Reach your arms overhead and allow your right palm to rest in your left hand. Breathe deeply.
Purpose of Pose: Opens the hips and stretches the inner thighs. May soothe the entire body.