A Relaxation Tip from Cristina Repas

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A Relaxation Tip from Cristina Repas

Legs against the wall is one of the most restorative and calming poses out there. This pose relieves stress and tension and promotes relaxation to your body & mind. And the best part? You can do it anywhere!

Some of the benefits of legs agains the wall:
- Relaxation (helps lower anxiety, stress and insomnia)
- Improves blood circulation
- Relieves swollen or cramped feet and tired legs
- Stretches the hamstrings and lower back
- Relieves lower back tension

Although, there are a few exceptions, like if you suffer from glaucoma or high blood pressure, you should not perform this pose.

Getting into the posture:
1 - Arrange a space around a wall (lay a yoga mat or a blanket on the floor, and maybe something to cover your eyes; you can also perform this posture in bed).

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2 - Sitting down next to the wall, move your hips as close to the wall as possible, then start walking your feet, until your heels are supported by it and you are in a L shape, without bringing the body to a full 90 degree angle, sliding your hips a few centimeters from the wall. This should be a totally passive & relaxing posture so adjust your posture according to your needs. For example, if you feel any lower back discomfort, place a yoga block or a cushion or a folded blanket on the ground beneath your sacrum.

3 - Let your arms rest to the side or on your belly, bring the focus to your breathe and start taking slow inhales and slow exhales trough your nose.

5 - Stay in the posture for at least 5 min (ideally take 10 to 15 min).

Have a lovely week!

Cristina Repas teaches Ashtanga yoga at The Conscious Club every Saturday morning from 10:30-11:45 AM.