Pillow Talk: Easy Yoga Poses

After a long run or race, your legs, back and shoulders can feel very tight. Practising a few simple restorative yoga poses can help you regain your range of motion, reduce the swelling in your legs and improve blood circulation to  help speed your recovery.

Do this sequence using pillows to lend support and also to give your weary body something comfortable to fall into to help you unwind. You don't have to rush into this routine - you can wait until you're showered and fed or do it before  bed. Hold each position for at least five (and up to 15) minutes. Focus on relaxing your entire body and taking slow, deep breaths.

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Squat

With feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, lower into a squat using two pillows for support.

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Child's Pose

Fold forward over wide knees with two pillows under your belly. Turn your head halfway through.

Prone Twist

Stack your knees to   one side and lower your abdomen to the pillows. Repeat on the other side.

Side Bend

Lie sideways over two pillows, keeping your hip and shoulder on the ground. Repeat on the other side.

Back Bend

Create a wedge with three or four pillows and recline over it with your arms stretched wide.

Leg Prop

Lift your legs up against a wall while resting your back on a pillow. Alternatively, use a chair for a bent-kneed version.