Examine Power of Rest with Reverse Yoga

Get ready for the easy, soothing reset you didn’t know your body needed.

If last year taught people something, then that Employment is not a badge of honor and the boundaries between work and life are essential. Given that burnout was recognized as a medical diagnosis earlier this year and fatigue is increasing, it is not surprising that conscious Yoga and meditation practices are in greater demand than ever. The emphasis on breathing work, posture and a clear mind make Yoga one of the most effective fitness ways to reduce stress – especially Restorative Yoga, the lesser-known cousin of fast-flowing Vinyasa.

A piece of pure Zen, restorative yoga, is the kind of exercise that has captivated you since the very first class (or YouTube video) and attracts you with even more strange and wonderful poses that you have never needed. It is a completely different experience from all other Asanas and offers a relaxing and receptive practice that creates an inner silence. During an hour-long lesson, you can move only a few times to change Poses, and when your autonomic nervous system begins to relax, you will enter a meditative state unlike any other.


The slow and conscious poses of Restorative Yoga relieve tension in your body, regulate your central nervous system and promote deeper breathing. When you are stressed or bent over your computer, you probably breathe more flat, which can lead to fatigue, lack of concentration and irritability. In short, Restorative Yoga helps to reshape your relationship with your breath, which allows you to reset your body.

Within restorative practice, different poses perform different functions. For example, forward bending poses are believed to have a calming effect on your nervous system by stretching and making room for better blood circulation in your spine, which then sends signals to the brain that promote the feeling of calm.

Restorative Yoga relies heavily on accessories such as pillows, blocks, straps and blankets to support the body and avoid tension. These accessories help to make postures effortless and allow you to focus your mind on deep and unshakable relaxation.

In addition to reducing stress and tension, Restorative Yoga also helps to cope with more comprehensive mental health problems, including anxiety and get-down. Your sleep can also improve: a recent study found that different types of Yoga, including restorative, can be effective in dealing with sleep problems by increasing the production of melatonin (the sleep hormone) and reducing feelings of arousal.

Of course, the more you practice, the greater the benefits, which is why you should put on comfortable pants and a relaxed top and do restorative Yoga regularly (every day or several days a week). When entering any posture, it is important to do a mental analysis of the body from the toes to the top of your head to see where you are holding the tension — you may not notice it, such as the jaw, abdomen or back. Then make all the necessary adjustments to feel relaxed and supported.

When you’re ready to try this slower Version of Yoga, start with these five poses.

Perfect after a long day at the office, this opening pose relieves tension and stiffness in the upper body by stretching the chest, shoulders and abs. This is often one of the first poses you do in a restorative Yoga class.

Place a pillow, a few thick pillows or a yoga block with folded blankets on the long path of your mat.
Sit with your tailbone at one end of the brace and slowly bend over so that your shoulder blades can wrap around the support.
Extend your legs in front of you with the distance between the hips. Drop your arms to the sides with the palms facing up.
Close your Eyes and focus on your Breathing.
Stay in this Pose for up to 10 minutes.

This healing posture gently stretches the spine and circulates the blood. Soothing and warming (because the head and heart are level), the child’s posture puts the body in a deeper state of relaxation.

Start on your hands and knees with hip spacing or slightly wider.
Bring your sitting bones to your heels and stretch your arms forward, lowering your head to the floor. (For extra support, add a pillow between your thighs, then bend it forward to hug.) Turn your head to the side so that the neck is relaxed.
Close your Eyes and focus on your Breathing.

This restorative Pose is known as Inversion and the Position improves blood circulation by restoring body fluids stored in your legs, supporting blood circulation and relieving fluid retention.

Place one end of your mat against the wall and place a towel or a flat pillow for your head at the other.
Sit with your hips close to the wall; Lean back and push your legs against the wall, as close to it as possible, so that your sitting bones and the backs of the legs are flush against the wall, coccyx on the floor.
Keep your Legs straight and your Knees relaxed. It should feel like a slight stretch, but nothing exhausting.
Close your Eyes and focus on your Breathing.
Stay like this for up to five minutes, then slowly relax from the Pose.


Twisting can help relieve tension from the spine and unlock the core.

Lie on your back and squeeze your knees to your chest.
Open your arms to the sides and keep your shoulders relaxed and flat on your mat.
Lower the knees to the side and let them rest, one stacked on top of the other.
Let your head rest where it feels comfortable.
Stay for a few minutes, then bring your knees to the center and switch sides.