Restorative Yoga Poses: How-to, Tips, Benefits, Images, Videos

Winding down with a restorative practice after a long day might be just what the yoga doctor ordered. Here are some poses to help get you started.

Child's Pose - Before relaxing completely, press your palms into the ground with arms straight and elbows lifted, pushing your hips... More on Child's Pose >>

Happy Baby - Lie down on your back, and bring knees into chest. Keeping knees deeply bent, bring bottoms of feet to face upward, and... More on Happy Baby Pose >>

Half Happy Baby - Lie down flat on your back. Lift one knee and bend it toward your shoulder.  Keeping the knee bent.. More on Half Happy Baby Pose >>

Reclining Knee to Shoulder - Lie down flat on your back. Lift one knee and bend it toward your shoulder, using... More on Reclining Knee to Shoulder Pose >>

Reclining Eagle Twist - Lie down flat on your back. Lift both knees up, bringing your feet right behind your hips. Keeping one.. More on Reclining Eagle Twist Pose >>

Reclining Goddess - Lie down flat on your back. Lift both knees up, bringing your feet right behind your hips. Let your knees... More on Reclining Goddess Pose >>

Corpse Pose - Relax. Follow your breath without trying to control it. Notice what’s going on in your body. Catch your thoughts as...More on Corpse Pose >>

Cow Face Pose - From hands and knees, cross one knee behind the other, and rest it outside of the opposite calf... More on Cow Face Pose >>

Standing Forward Bend - Stand with your feet parallel, hip width apart. Fold forward over your legs, allowing your back, arms, and neck to release toward... More on Standing Forward Bend >>

Supported Bridge Pose

Supported Bridge Pose - Lie down on your back, feet planted behind your hips, knees up. Lift your hips up to a comfortable level, and place a block under your... More on Supported Bridge Pose >>

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Michael Taylor

Co-Founder Of Strala Yoga & Tai Chi Expert
Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala along with his wife, Tara Stiles. He studied mind-body medicine at Harvard and complementary medicine at Oxford. Mike has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qigong, for more than 30 years. In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. His record established the strength of finding your own way in your own body rather than copying the techniques of other people’s traditions. As he got older, Mike continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the United States and England, he left his health care roots for a little while. As the first internet boom was getting started, he joined the startup team of one company, then founded a couple more. Now through Strala, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, enable their lives, and become their own best caregivers.Mike has climbed some of the world’s largest mountains in Alaska, the Alps, and the Himalayas. He’s now a cyclist and runner and spends as much free time as possible exploring the backcountry on foot, skis, and snowboard. He lives in New York with his wife, Tara, and baby, Daisy.

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