I’ve been teaching these 2 poses in most of my classes lately — and assigning them as homework. With so many of you interested in home practice, this post will help you get started.
Advanced Iyengar teacher Lois Steinberg gave me the idea, and I wanted to test it out.
This sequence is short & sweet — but don’t let that fool you! The affects can be mighty: you will stretch your legs, strengthen your quads, release your lower back, lengthen the sides of your trunk, open your shoulders, and spread your hands.
And the mental benefit — well, you’ll just have to try it now, won’t you? Let me know!
Lie down on your side with both buttocks on the wall.
Roll over and swing your legs up the wall.
Make sure your legs are centered in line with your trunk and head.
Straighten your legs while keeping your buttocks down on the floor.
Move your buttocks away from the wall if needed to get your legs straight.
When you come to class, you will learn more ways to customize the poses to fit your body’s needs.
You should be able to relax before you begin the actions of the pose.
Now do it again!
And onto the next pose!
Build strength by staying 30 seconds at first.
Work up to 1 minute.
Repeat 2-3 times.
Step your feet wider apart.
Place your hands higher on the wall.
Do this sequence every day and see what happens. You can do just this 2-pose sequence on its own. Or…do these 2 poses in preparation for a longer practice and see how you feel.