Sometimes it can be challenging to calm down and relax, especially after a busy day with barely a moment to yourself. Yoga is the perfect way to wind down, helping to release stress, anxiety and tension. Bring your day to a close with these calming breaths, gentle movements, and relaxing poses.

(These along with additional poses are found in The Healing Yoga Deck. Click here to learn more.

Alternate Nostril Breath 

Alternate Nostril Breath
Alternate Nostril Breath from The Healing Yoga Deck

· Sit on a mat or chair in any comfortable position with tall, elongated spine; roll shoulders down and away from the ears. 

· Place index and middle fingers of the right hand on your forehead between your eyebrows; thumb rests near the right nostril, and ring and baby fingers rest near the left nostril. Inhale and exhale through the nose. 

· Close the right nostril with the thumb; inhale through the left nostril for a count of 5. 

· Close both nostrils, holding the breath for a count of 5. 

· Lift the thumb, exhale through the right nostril for a count of 5. 

· Inhale through the right nostril for a count of 5, hold the breath for a count of 5. Close the right nostril and exhale through the left nostril. This completes 1 round. Repeat for 4 more rounds. 

Legs-Against-Wall / Legs-on-Chair 

Legs-Against-Wall / Legs-on-Chair from The Healing Yoga Deck

· Lie on your back next to a wall. Knees are bent with feet flat on the floor, left side with buttocks and back of the legs against a wall. 

Fig. 1 

· Carefully swing both legs up along the wall; buttocks are near the wall. 

· Legs are parallel; feet are flexed toward you. 

· Arms are on the floor in a V position, palms down. 

· Stay in the pose for 1-2 minutes or longer. Come out if your feet feel numb or you feel “pins and needles” in your legs. 

· If you prefer, buttocks can be about 1 inch away from the wall with legs resting at about a 90º degree angle. 

Fig. 2 

· Place a chair or footstool at the end of the mat or blanket. 

· Lie on your back with arms comfortably by your sides, palms up. 

· Place backs of the calves and heels on the seat of the chair or footstool. 

· Remain in this pose for as long as you wish, breathing deeply. 

Savasana Meditation 

Savasana Meditation
Savasana Meditation from The Healing Yoga Deck

· Lie on your back with legs extended about hip-width apart. Feet may splay out to the sides. 

· If you wish, place a bolster or rolled blanket under your knees and a folded towel or small pillow under your head. Arms are by your sides, palms up. 

· Take a few deep, slow breaths. 

· Identify a situation where you struggle to control the outcome. Open your heart and mind to the possibility of letting go. 

· As you inhale, silently repeat, “I can…” 

· As you exhale, silently repeat, “let go.” 

· Continue for as long as you wish, repeating, “I can…let go.” 

· Eventually allow the words to drift away as you focus on the in-breath and out-breath. 

· Feel yourself becoming lighter with each deep inhalation, and growing calmer with every slow exhalation. 

· Sense the burden of control lifting from your shoulders. Welcome acceptance and peace into your life. 

· Remain in Savasana for as long as you wish.