Certain yoga poses can assist in creating a fresh start, a sense of relaxation and can help you to establish a solid foundation on which you can build the year ahead. Click on the headings below for step-by-step instruction and explanation of precautions and contraindications of each pose.
LEGS-UP-THE-WALL POSE (VIPARITA KARANI)
Legs-up-the-wall pose is great for a number of conditions but is especially useful for curing insomnia, releasing tension in the legs, lower back pain and improves circulation & digestion.
BRIDGE POSE (SETU BANDHA SARVANGASANA)
Bridge pose helps to calm to brain and alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression. This pose also stretches the neck and shoulders, helping to eliminate headaches, fatigue, insomnia and back ache.
For a supported version of the pose, slide a block or bolster under the sacrum once the hips are lifted off the floor, resting the pelvis here for support.
HEAD-TO-KNEE FORWARD BEND (JANU SIRSASANA)
This is another great pose to relieve anxiety and depression symptoms and the create a sense of renewal and calm. Fatigue and headache are relieved as are menstrual pains.
CORPSE POSE (SAVASANA)
Savasana should conclude any yogasana or pranayama practice. It is a relaxing, rejuvenating and healing pose, and can alleviate symptoms of fatigue, headache, anxiety and emotional upset.
Incorporating these poses into your practice can help to manifest a sense of calm and relaxation, and can help you to identify the areas in which your life needs to change direction. Allowing space for growth, calming the mind and encouraging self-awareness can help you to create a realistic set of expectations and goals for the year ahead!
Article by Rachel Gill
Rachel is a yoga teacher & student, mother and freelance writer based on the NSW mid-north coast, Australia. You can connect with her via her holistic lifestyle blog ‘Inspire The Wild‘, or on instagram, facebook and twitter @rachelmarieyoga.