Thursday, December 3, 2009

Flip Your Lid

-Gina Menza

It is said, 'tis the season to be jolly'. So why not flip your lid? Give yourself a gift with this restorative yoga pose, Viparita Karani aka Legs up the Wall Pose.
Nuzzle up next to a favorite draft-free spot near a wall in your home. Sit sideways, lay your torso, away from the wall, down on the floor over a soft blanket, and slide your legs right up the wall. This may be just what the holidays ordered. The energy you spend walking across town, or pushing through (I mean patiently waiting in) the lines at Bloomingdale’s trying to get your holiday gifts will be instantly reimbursed. Your toes will tingle, your legs will thank you and gratefully you will be revved up enough to face whatever the holidays throw your way this season with a smile.

Feeling especially fatigued? Give your hips a little boost by sliding a block, or a phone book under your sacrum (just above the buttocks, just below the lumbar spine). Stay for at least 3-5 minutes. If the back of your legs are singing a bit too loudly, try it on the floor with the shins over an ottoman, or on the sofa, your blood pressure will drop, your digestion will thank you, and your heart will sing with ease.

Especially great after plane rides.

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