5 Yoga Poses to help calm and soothe both mind and body
- Mindful breathing
Sit up straight. Relax and close your eyes. Take a long deep breath in through your nostrils and a slow releasing breath out of the nostril. Be mindful of the breath and try to match the length of the inhalation with the exhalation. Repeat 10 x
- Put your feet up
Lying on the ground, shuffle up close to the wall or the sofa. Rest your legs up against the wall or draped over the seat of a sofa. Close your eyes and rest you hands palms down over the ribcage. Practise mindful breathing. Rest here for 5 minutes
- Hero’s pose with healing hands
Knee down and rest your bottom on your heels. Use a few cushions to sit on if the knees feel tight. With a long spine close your eyes and cup your head with your hands. Breath deeply and imagine you are filling the head with a purple healing light that is soothing for the mind and body. Rest here for as long as you wish.
- Childs pose
From Heros pose fold forward and place your forehead on the floor infront of your knees. Rest the arms by your side, palms up. Direct the breath into the back ribs. For support use a bolster to lay over. Relax for 5 mins
- Cup of tea pose
Take a cup from the kitchen cupboard. Choose your favourite tea and place in the cup. Pour over hot water and add milk if desired. Find a comfortable seated position, relax and take gentle sips.
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