Restorative Yoga Poses:
Each pose listed below includes the benefits, technique involved, contraindications, and breathing technique recommended for the pose. They can be combined into varying sequences depending on your needs.

You will find restorative yoga poses for backbends, forward folds, inversions, and twists. You will also find links for classic restorative yoga poses as well as yoga breathing techniques. Each pose includes a photo as well as detailed step-by-step instruction.

Restorative Yoga Backbends:
Simple Supported Back Bend
Setu Bandhasana, Supported Bridge Pose Supported

Restorative Yoga Forward Folds:
Paschimottanasana, Supported Foward Fold
Salamba Balasana, Supported Child’s Pose
Adho Mukha Virasana, Downward Facing Supported Hero
Janu Sirsasana, Head-To-Knee Forward Fold
Upavistha Konasana, Supported Wide-Angle Pose

Restorative Yoga Inversions:
Viparita Karani, Legs-up-the-Wall Pose
Legs on a Chair Pose
Uttana Shishosana, Supported Puppy Pose

Restorative Yoga Twists:
Supported Reclining Twist
Side-Lying Savasana with a Twist

Classic Restorative Yoga Poses
Baddha Konasana, Supported Bound Angle
Savasana, Supported Corpes Pose
Supta Padangusthasana
Salamba Supta Virasana, Supported Reclining Hero’s Pose
Advasana, Prone or Reverse Corpse Pose
Jyestikasana, Superior Pose
Makarasana, Crocodile Pose
Ardha Padmasana, Half Lotus Pose
Vajrasana, Thunderbolt Pose
Salamba Supta Padangusthasana, Supported Hand to Big Toe Pose

Restorative Yoga Breathing Techniques:
Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise

These poses are gentle and relaxing. They are outlined in a way so that they are safe and easy to perform. However, nothing is better than the in-person advice from a yoga instructor specializing in restorative yoga poses. If you have any medical concerns, seek the advice of a medical professional before attempting restorative yoga poses.

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Katie White December 6, 2011 at 6:40 am

i am a fairly new teacher (2009) and i now become a teacher of sudents with cancer. I stumbled on your great website following a google search. I found it very interesting and wanted to subscribe but not sure how this is done form the uk as i seem to have a great deal of trouble. Help?!
I would also be grateful for any advice or sequences that you feel would be beneficial to women with breast cancer going through chemotherapy?
Many Thanks

Benja Sagar PT RYT December 30, 2011 at 1:56 am

Thank you for these suggestions. The prone poses I never before considered for my class. I love your variation on the supported puppy pose.

Restorative Yoga Poses January 4, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Hi Katie,

To subscribe click on the Subscribe link above with the orange icon. This will bring you to http://feeds.feedburner.com/RestorativeYoga where you can choose to subscribe via a Reader or via email. Hope that helps!

Great question about sequences for women with breast cancer. As we know, cancer and its treatment frequently generate fatigue, pain, and stiffness. The gentle motions involved in the practice of restorative yoga can increase energy levels, improve flexibility, muscle tone, as well as decrease pain levels.

I will work on getting a sequence posted that is specific for women with breast cancer.

Thank you for your questions,
Kyle Anne

Wendy Blewett January 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Would really appreciate sequences for women with breast cancer.
Thank-you so much!

Kelly November 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Hi! Found your website through a referral on LinkedIn; this is such a helpful resource.
I teach restorative every week, and sometimes need some inspiration for other asanas, so this really helps!
Would love to see a cancer sequence put together.

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