Do you remember the last time you truly rested and allowed your body to have a few moments of relaxation from the long tiring day, constant e-mailing, worrying and so much more? Many of you may not have an answer to this because it has been a long time since you relaxed. Well, getting a few minutes of deep relaxation in a day can do wonders for your body organs. Our erroneous lifestyle takes away the organ efficiency and the imbalanced organ functioning can tax the entire body system. A little restorative asana a day can stabilize, repair, relax, soften, and can optimize the organ function so that you feel healthy and at your best on a regular basis.
The practice of gentle, rejuvenating restorative yoga asanas helps support the bone structure, injects the relaxation response within the body, balances the nervous system and set the body for healing, detoxification, and growth process.
Try these top five restorative yoga postures for a harmonious organ function:
1. Supported Seated Forward Bend Pose (Paschimottanasana): Sit on a yoga mat with erect spine and unbent legs. Place a folded blanket under your knees and rest your hands on the floor. Inhale; raise your arms to the side and then overhead lengthening the spine. With an exhalation, fold forward at the hip and reach down with your hands. Wrap a yoga strap around the soles of the feet and hold it with your hands. Rest your stomach, nose, and chest on the legs. Hold this pose for a minute.
Benefits: This posture stimulates the functioning of the liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, and ovaries. Also, the forward bend position relieves upper body tension.
2. Supported Downward Facing Frog Pose( Adho Mukha Mandukasana): Begin in a tabletop position and place a bolster between your calves and thighs. Your ankles should be directly behind your knees. Sit back on your heels and place the forearms, elbows, and palms on the ground. Keep your arms straight on the yoga mat. Exhale; lean in a forward direction and rest your head on a block placed on the floor. Feel a deep stretch in your thighs and posterior.
Benefits: A powerful posture that strengthens and opens the hips, thighs, and groin. It expands the lungs for a maximum oxygen exchange through the joints.
3. Supported Pigeon Pose (Eka pada RajaKapotasana): Begin in downward facing dog position. Place a yoga block under the hips for added support. Bend your right knee and place it between your hands and stretch your left leg behind. Rest the right ankle of the right foot near the wrist of your left hand. Uplift your torso away from the thighs and elongate the spine. Gaze downward. For more relaxation, you can bend your torso over your thighs and can rest the forehead on a folded blanket with arms by your sides. Hold this posture for 30-60 seconds.
Benefits: The pigeon pose potently releases tension in the shoulders, chest, and regulates the digestion. It is also powerful in reducing the body-mind fatigue.
4. Supported Child Pose (Balasana): Come on your fours. Spread your knees 3-4 inches apart and repose your hips on your heels. Keep a folded blanket between the back of the thighs and calves. Keep your spine erect. Upon exhalation, fold forward and wrap your torso between your thighs. Rest the chest over the thighs and forehead on a bolster. Keep your arms long and straight with palms near to the posterior in an upward direction. Stay in this posture for 20-30 seconds or more.
Benefits: The child posture gently relaxes the muscles of the upper body, soothes stress, and restores the body balance.
5. Supported Sphinx Pose (Salamba Bhujangasana): Lie in a prone position on a yoga mat and stretch your legs behind. Keep a folded blanket under the legs. Keep the arms by your side and the chin on the yoga mat. Keep your forearms parallel to each other and shoulder-width apart. Inhale, press the forearms into the floor and uplift the chest and head up above the ground. Roll your shoulder blades away from the ears and soften your gaze. Hold this pose for 10 deep breaths.
Benefits: This yoga posture raises the immunity level of the body, firms the hips and strengthens the abdominal muscles.
Improve your organ function with the practice of these five holistic restorative yoga poses and feel healthy daily.