November 02, 2012

Restore Energy

Sometimes when you're tired, the best medicine is a restorative, rather than an active, yoga practice. Almost nothing feels as good as relaxing into the floor after a stressful day. If you're in need of a little renewal, take a break with this restorative version of Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose), Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose).

Enter Bound Angle Pose by sitting up tall on your sitting bones and bending your knees. Place your feet against one another and bring them as close to your body as your knees allow. Then, lean back on your hands, lowering your back and head to the floor. (You may support your head and torso on a pillow, a bolster, or blanket under your spine, to help open your chest, if you like.) If your knees don't easily release toward the ground or if you feel any strain in your groins, support each of your thighs on a block or folded blanket (phone books or dictionaries also work well). Rest your arms on the floor or place the backs of your hands on your thighs. Relax, breathe, and hold for five minutes if possible. To come out, use your hands to bring thighs together, roll to one side, and push yourself away from the floor, allowing your head to follow your torso.


IN THIS ISSUE

Restorative Yoga

http://www.yogajournal.com/basics/991

Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose)

http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/486


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