How do you recover from WODs? Restorative Yoga poses are a great way to cool down from a tough WOD, as well as help your body on the road to recovery so you don’t feel sore the next day. Here are some yoga poses for WOD recovery, arranged in a simple flow.
Yoga Poses for WOD Recovery
Stand and hinge your torso forward at the hips. Bend your knees slightly and allow your torso to rest on your thighs. Fold your arms so that your hands are in the crook of your elbows, and squeeze your hands into fists to release tension in your spine.
Wide-Legged Forward Bend
Place your feet wider than shoulder-width apart. Hinge forward at the hips and place your hands on the ground. Let your head & upper body hang, letting gravity do most of the work as you feel the stretch through the back of your legs.
Stand with your feet together, hinge forward at the hips, and bend your knees so that your palms are flat on the floor (if they aren’t already). Shift your weight so that your arms are supporting you as you hop or walk your legs back. Use your hands to push your body back towards your heels until you feel a stretch throughout your back and legs
One-Legged Downward Dog with Bent Knee
From downward dog, lift one leg up and point the foot at the sky. Then bend the knee, letting the foot “drop” behind you, and let gravity use the weight of your leg to pull your hips open. Repeat on the opposite side before continuing on to other poses.
On all fours, arch your back upwards to “cat” pose, letting your head relax downwards. Then let your back curve downwards and look upwards in “cow” pose. Breathe deeply as you move back and forth between cat and cow poses.
Sit with your knees slightly apart and folded underneath your body, then lean forward to rest your forehead on the ground. Stretch your arms forward and press your palms against the ground to feel a stretch through your shoulders, sides, and armpits.
Legs Up the Wall Pose
Sit with your side to the wall, and legs extended. Lean back to the floor, swing your legs up the wall, and relax here as long as you’d like.