Self-care starts with the choices you make. Rushing home from work and starting right into dinner preparation is one approach, and maybe the only way you've ever done things. But choosing to take 15 minutes to let your body and mind decompress in a classic Restorative yoga pose provides another way that could change your whole perspective. The Legs Up the Wall pose can be the blissful lull in a hectic day; and the inverted position of your lower body will soothe tired feet and legs and take a load off your lower back. Gather an armful of soft towels and a warm blanket to enhance your enjoyment of the pose, because in Restorative yoga, it's all about comfort and rejuvenation.
Things You'll Need
- Rolled small towel
- Rolled large towel
- Small blanket
Place your rolled-up towels and small blanket on the floor next to a wall.
Sit on the floor adjacent to the wall and close to your props. Pivot on your buttocks and swing your legs up the wall. Lower your upper body to the floor. Slither your buttocks closer to the wall and arrange your legs comfortably apart, with only your heels touching the wall.
Slide the larger towel under your lower back and the smaller towel under the back of your neck. Arrange the blanket over your torso for the most comfortable and cozy experience. Let your arms rest naturally and without tension by your sides or out to the sides.
Close your eyes and release all the air from your lungs. Inhale deeply and slowly through your nose, allowing your lower abdomen to rise. Exhale even more slowly and allow your breathing to fall into a smooth and easy rhythm.
Stay in this position for up to 15 minutes. Remove the props from under your back and neck before you roll to one side to come out of the pose.
Tips & Warnings
- If you have a bolster or long, narrow, firm pillow, you can use it to prop your buttocks off the floor entirely.
- Practice Legs Up the Wall pose before bed to de-stress. Use an eye mask, along with the towels and blanket.
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