Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Holiday Yoga - Heart Opening Recline
Sit cross-legged on the floor, with a bolster placed directly behind your hips, and have a folded blanket handy to use as a pillow. Recline until your back and head are resting on the bolster and place the blanket under your head. Rest the backs of your hands on the floor alongside your torso. Stay in this position for up to five minutes, breathing deeply and feeling the weight of your spine sinking into the bolster.
Do your best to sit cross-legged on the floor, being careful not to "pop" your bum knee. Recline 1/2 way down towards bolster and blanket and stop due to sharp pain 1/2 way down back. Slowly lower body the rest of the way to the floor, gripping blanket and bolster for support. Stay in this position until someone comes along to help you back up. Be grateful you have a bolster and blanket, as you may wind up sleeping on the floor for a long time.
Benefits: Opens the chest; creates more room for the lungs to expand and deepens breathing. It is also an eye-opener to how long you would lay on the floor in a life threatening situation before anyone would trip over you. Better get one of those alert beeper thingys.