The benefits of resting on the floor with your legs up on a wall include a renewed… (Charles Bush )
The benefits of resting on the floor with your legs up on a wall include a renewed sense of well-being and calmness. It's an excellent way to finish your workout or end the day. If you are new to inversions, start with the first pose, then progress to the second pose when you feel ready.
Place the short end of a mat against the wall. Lie down on your right side and position your hips against the wall. Roll onto your back and slide your legs up the wall. Keep your feet together and your knees straight. Stretch your arms along the sides of your body with your palms facing up. Close your eyes, focus on your breath and relax for several minutes in this position.
Place a yoga block or bolster 4 to 5 inches away from a wall. Sit on one end of the block with your right side against the wall and your feet on the floor. Place your left hand on the floor to support you as you lower your upper body to the floor, roll on your back and slide your legs up the wall. Rest your arms on the floor, palms up. Inhale, puff up your chest and arch your upper back. Make sure your hips remain on the block and your chin stays level. Stay in this position for 30 seconds or longer. To release, bend your knees with your feet on the wall, roll to the side and sit up slowly.
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