Legs up the Wall is a great restorative pose to relieve tension, fatigue and swelling in the legs after a long day on your feet, on a plane or at your desk! This "reverse practice" (the English translation for the sanskrit, Viparita Karani), obviously reverses the position of the legs, which relieves the work of the circulatory system and assists drainage in the lymphatic system for therapeutic effects. Adding a block and a strap around the thighs is a great way to stabilize the pelvis for further support to relax tender backs. Slide your legs up the wall and let your mind and body settle into deep relaxation!
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Here are some classes featuring Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose.
Who doesn't want to slow down time? "The Clock" is a fluid floor practice that opens the whole body, especially the spine and shoulders. If you are tight in your shoulders or spine, this session slows down and supports the movement with props so that you can dial in the right amount of stability and mobility to feel fluid and free. It's a great practice when you want to take it slow or as a warmup for backbends. Over time, your spine will feel more supple and your core will feel more stable. Then check out the "Clock Your Abs" session for a more vigorous version. The more time you take to move, the more you slow down time!
GERD, aka acid reflux, is a common problem in pregnancy, menopause and aging. Hormones, stress, diet, medications and lifestyle choices are all things to examine as contributing factors. Some you can change and others not so much. How do you practice yoga asana and keep your throat above your belly at all times to avoid triggering GERD? It's absolutely possible with a little creativity. This tutorial looks at some basic ways to adjust your practice to help you shift from what you can't do into what is possible. Check out the "no forward folds" and "chair vinyasa course" for more ideas!
A short, sweet practice to compliment your surf sesh! Stretch and strengthen the muscles that make paddling out easier while tapping into a sense of calm soyou can ride the big waves in the ocean and the little and big waves of life!
This practice is a gentle practice which I used to re-connect with my body during recovery from a chronic illness. The poses move gently on the breath without long holds. The focus is on feeling good in body, mind, and spirit. The class ends with legs up the wall pose, a gentle inversion that soothes the entire body.
This gentle practice is for healing from auto-immune disorders, particularly those who are coming out of a period of severe inflammation or joint pain. This class is a path to get back in touch with the body and the breath after a period of illness, or even if you are currently experiencing pain or exhaustion.
Get deep into the areas most affected by cycling! If you do a lot of commuting by bike this sequence specifically addresses areas including the neck, shoulders, wrists and fingers that can bare the brunt of urban cycling!
A nurturing sequence for that time of the month, ladies. Series C to build some heat and open the hip flexors, quads and "front body", and deep stretches for the hips and hamstrings. Restorative backbends, and poses to stabilize and soothe the low back. Savasana with legs up the wall. The heat-building and moderate flow should help relieve cramps, the stretchy poses will leave you feeling open.
Struggling to get a restful night of sleep? Breathe and stretch your way to a more peaceful state of being In less than 15 minutes through this short but effective bedtime practice. It's hard to function at your highest when you're exhausted. We get that, and we've got you covered. Sweet dreams!