8 You Struggle With Anxiety, Try These 8 Restorative Yoga Poses

by Zoe Brown
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“Rituals are habits made holy,” says Fern Olivia, founder of Thyroid Yoga who offers retreats in Nosara, Costa Rica. She spoke with MyDomaine about types of yoga for relaxation, specifically about the power of restorative yoga. She has generously shared with us a flow that is a beginners’ difficulty, with effects that will resonate with everyone. These restorative yoga rituals are easy and free and require only your mindful awareness—a relief, given that we have to take care of the kids, the dog, the business, and various other moving parts of our very intricate lives.

With patient breathing, energy healing, aromatherapy, and sound healing, you will find yourself able to relax, reset, and recenter. Long holds in poses, deep stretches, and yoga props help to unwind the body and identify where you may hold on to trauma. As you marinate in restorative yoga poses, you activate the parasympathetic nervous system, invoking your innate healing energies so that you are able to avoid distress or disease and achieve states of deep relaxation and healing by yourself. DeLora Frederickson described it best: “The parasympathetic nervous system is the sweet sister of the sympathetic nervous system...This is the path to deep rejuvenation for the body, mind, and soul. Relaxation is the yin to our fitness efforts’ yang.”

Once you set your intentions on relaxing your physical and energetic body, Olivia recommends you apply organic essential oils that will ignite plant medicine as your ally. Essential oils react quickly and efficiently when we apply them. They are so powerful that they can impact our mood, emotions, and thoughts. In addition to her many other endeavours, including Olivia creates her own line of organic essential oils, Ajai Alchemy, with Radiance Alchemy for hormone balancing and Grace Alchemy, an aphrodisiac with calming and anti-anxiety effects. Put together with other elements, restorative yoga can create bliss.

For this sequence, you’ll also need 2-4 yoga blocks, a blanket, and a yoga bolster.

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