Favorite Restorative Pose

 In Audience Participation

For my teacher training class this coming Saturday, we have been asked to demonstrate our favorite restorative pose. As indicated in my last post, I would like my classes to be about the needs of others and not necessarily what I believe individuals will want. That all being said I am curious to know – What is your favorite restorative yoga pose?

A restorative pose can be defined as any pose that slows you down, physically allowing your body to renew itself and mentally furthering the depth of your practice. Below are a few of my preferences. Maybe one of these suggestions is your favorite as well? Maybe you have another choice healing pose?

  • Savasana/Corpse Pose/Dead Man’s Pose – A challenging pose in that the idea is to simply lay there with no movement.
  • Child’s Pose – Often used between sequences or as an alternative to downward-facing dog.
  • Reclining Bound Angle Pose – A pose that stretches your inner thighs and groin muscles. Can be modified for those with tight muscles or knee discomfort, by placing folded blankets under the thighs.
  • Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose – An inverted pose that rests your legs vertically against the support of a wall.
  • Reclining Hero Pose – A more advanced resting pose, as the initial thigh stretch for a beginner can be more intense, not providing an opportunity for the body to restore and relax.

Please share with me and I will in turn share the most popular choice on Saturday.

~The divine in me salutes the divine in you, Namaste~

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  • candicepeak

    My favorite is definitely half pigeon. I am not entirely sure if it is even considered “restorative” but it is a pose that I feel relaxed in and feel a wonderful stretch/opening in my hips. I look forward to it everytime I practice yoga.

    • niyamanotebook

      Thank you for the comment Candice! I am curious do you use any props when in Half Pigeon to feel an opening in your hips without any discomfort? Such as a folded blanket?

      • candicepeak

        Sometimes a blanket or a block on the lowest height is great if my hips are feeling particularly tight that day!

  • Jenn

    Triangle Pose is my favorite. It helps relieve my lower-back pain and makes me feel great!

    • niyamanotebook

      Thank you for the comment Jenn! I am curious do you use any props when in Triangle to relieve your lower-back pain? Such as a block?

      • Jenn

        No props for this one–I get a better stretch by touching the floor.

  • LSC

    bound angle- reclined and with a bolster…ahhh…makes me want to do it right now.

  • Dave

    Childs. Pose is my favorite

    • niyamanotebook

      Thank you for your comment Dave! Do you typically have your arms stretched out in front of you or resting at your sides when relaxing in Child’s Pose?

  • thowling

    Gorilla pose is my favorite restorative in the middle of the sequence, because that’s usually when my wrists ask for relief!

    • niyamanotebook

      Thanks for your comment! Gorilla pose or padahastasana is a great stretch not only for your wrists but your lower back and hamstrings 🙂

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