1) Child's pose (balasana)
  • Gently stretches the hips, thighs and ankles
  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue
  • Calming and restorative
  • Focuses on the thighs but also is good at releasing back, shoulders, neck and hips
  • Normalizes circulation through the body
  • Relieves back and neck pain
  • Encourages strong and steady breathing
  • Calms the mind and body


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2) Legs up wall (viparita karani)
  • Alleviates headaches
  • Boosts energy
  • Restorative and relaxing gentle inversion
  • Eases anxiety and stress
  • Therapeutic for arteritis, headaches, high blood pressure and insomnia
  • Relieves lower back pain
  • Eases symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps and menopause
  • Relieves tired or cramped feet and legs


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3) Puppy pose or heart-melting pose (uttana shishosana)
  • Calms mind and invigorates body
  • Relieves symptoms of chronic stress, tension and insomnia
  • Relieves tension in upper arms, shoulder and neck
  • Expands your chest
  • Improves flexibility in the spine
  • Stretches out abdominals
  • Stimulates back muscles
  • Opens hips and stretches hamstrings


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4) Corpse pose (savasana)
  • The ultimate relaxation pose!
  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Relaxes the body
  • Reduces headache, fatigue and insomnia
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Helps rejuvenate the body and mind


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5) Standing forward fold (uttanasana)
  • Gives a rejuvenating boost of oxygen as the head is below the heart, making the blood rush to the head
  • Reduces stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue
  • Stretches hips, hamstrings and calves
  • Calms the mind and soothes the nerves
  • Strengthens thighs and knees
  • Ceases symptoms of asthma, menopause, headaches, insomnia
  • Keeps spine strong and flexible

What yoga poses are your favourite? Comment below or share with us your stories, we would love to hear from you!