Thursday, July 21, 2011

The legs-up-the-wall spine release

... also known as the "no, really -- I really am doing yoga" position...

Sit sideways to a wall so your hip touches the wall. As you lie on your back, swing your legs up the wall and sit close enough that your buttocks are against the wall. Stay for 5-10 minutes for best results. If you have access to a wall while waiting for your yoga class to start, it helps focus your attention inwardly.

BENEFITS: This is fantastic for dealing with back aches (lower or upper), for de-stressing, and for promoting hamstring relaxation. AVOID IF: You experience any discomfort to your spine that lasts longer than 10 seconds.

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