The dog days of summer are officially here, and you might find yourself feeling overheated, frazzled, and frustrated. Soothing, grounding yoga poses can help you smooth out that summer slump, stand taller, and have a cooler head.
Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose)
From, seated bring one side hip as close as possible to the baseboard of the wall, swing your legs up the wall until you are reclined on your back with your hips close to the wall. Extend your legs up the wall. You can bend your knees slightly, especially if your hamstrings feel tight. This posture is good for low back pain and revitalizing the body. Optional prop: A folded blanket can feel really great under your sacrum. Remain in the pose for 5-20 minutes.
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