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Happy Friday Yogis! I hope your week has gone well and you are ready to treat yourself to a relaxing weekend! If you need some help getting started with your weekend, let me help you! The rest pose I have for you this week is Legs Up the Wall also known as Viparita Karani. If you have done this pose, you know how great it is and if you haven’t then trust me you need to try it!
I’m not going to lie, this is one of the most challenging rest positions to get into. However, once you are in the pose it’s like heaven.
How to Get Into the Pose
•Find an open space near a wall and sit with the left or right side of your body touching the wall
•In one smooth movement, swing your legs up the while and your shoulders and head gently down to the floor; your buttocks will be touching or just a bit away from the wall (your body will be in a 90 degree angle)
•Hold your legs vertically in place up the wall. Release the thigh bones and the weight of your belly into your torso
•Soften your eyes and turn them down to look into your heart
To get out of the pose, bend your knees and bring your heels down to your body, turn over to one side and push yourself up
In my personal opinion, this pose is magic and here’s why… you can do this pose in the late afternoon when you are looking for a little pick me up and it will recharge you providing the perfect energy boost to get you through the rest of your day. If you do this pose in the evening before bed, it can be totally calming, relaxing, and will help you unwind. So to me that’s magic!!! Whatever you might need, this pose will provide. If you agree, let me know in the comments below.
Some of the benefits of this pose are: improves circulation, calms the body and mind, supports your lower back, gives a light stretch to the hamstrings, and helps to relieve tired feet.
There are a few different variations of this pose which are all just as amazing, but for today I am going to share the basic version. I have plans to show alternative poses in the future so stay tuned!!!
Props: Wall, 2 Blankets
Consider staying in the pose for 5-10 minutes or as long as is comfortable. A nice pose to follow legs up the wall is Legs Elevated Savasana, the pose I posted last week or you might want to try the Supported Butterfly Pose.
I hope you enjoy this pose!