Yoga Postures For Calmness
3 Yoga Postures To Help You Keep Calm By Pooja Doshi
1. Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose: Supta Padangusthasana
Lie on the floor with legs extended. Make sure your head is resting comfortably even if that means using a folded blanket.
Exhale, bend the left knee and bring your thigh into your torso. Hug the thigh to your belly. Press the front of the right thigh heavily to the floor, and push actively through the right heel.
Loop a strap around the arch of the left foot and hold the strap tightly in both hands. Inhale and straighten the knee, pressing the left heel up toward the ceiling. Walk your hands up the strap until the elbows are fully extended.
Extend the left heel, and once the back of the leg between the heel and sitting bone is fully lengthened, lift through the ball of the big toe. Gently, draw the foot a little closer to your head, increasing the stretch on the back of the leg.
You can stay here in this stretch, or turn the leg outward from the hip joint, turning bo0th left and right. Continue rotating the leg.
You can stay in this position between 1 – 3 minutes depending on how comfortable you feel. Once both legs are extended on the floor, give yourself a good stretch by hugging both your knees as you relax.
1. Stretches hips, thighs, knees, hamstrings, groins, and calves
2. Stimulates the prostate gland
3. Improves digestion
4. Relieves backache, sciatica, and menstrual discomfort
5. Therapeutic for high blood pressure, flat feet, and infertility
2. Standing Half Forward Bend: Ardha Uttanasana
From a standing forward bend, press your palms or fingertips into the floor (or blocks on the floor) beside your feet. With an inhalation, straighten your elbows and arch your torso away from your thighs, finding as much length between your pubic bone and navel as possible.
With your palms or fingertips push down and lift the top of your sternum up and forward. You might bend your knees slightly to help get this movement, which will arch the back. Look forward, and make sure you are not putting too much pressure on your neck.
Hold the arched-back position for a few breaths. Then, with an exhale, release your torso into full Uttanasana.
1. Stretches the front torso
2. Strengthens the back and improves posture
3. Stimulates the belly
3. Child’s Pose: Balasana
Exhale and lay your torso down between your thighs. Lengthen your tailbone away from the back of the pelvis while you lift the base of your skull away from the back of your neck.
Lay your hands on the floor alongside your torso, palms up, and release the fronts of your shoulders toward the floor. Feel how the weight of the front shoulders pulls the shoulder blades wide across
Balasana is a resting pose. Stay anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes. Stay in the pose from 1 to 3 minutes. To come up, first, lengthen the front torso, and then with an inhalation lift from the tailbone as it presses down and into the pelvis.
1. Gently stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles
2. Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue
3. Relieves back and neck pain, when done with head and torso, supported
The above are examples of postures which help with calmness. The benefits of yoga are endless but it is essential that you attend lessons to perfect your body alignment to avoid injuries and to maximize the benefits before you embark on practising independent yoga postures.
To derive the most out of these and other postures which will benefit you highly, you can contact me for a comprehensive online session, where I will be able to focus on your practice with you.
Be Blessed and Stay safe.
Photos were taken by My mummy (Geeta Doshi)
yoga postures for calmness
Pooja Doshi – Yoga & Zumba Practitioner