Jamie Carroll’s favorite Restorative Yoga Pose:
“Viparita Karani, or Legs up the Wall”
Sit down next to a free wall, hips sideways.
Turn around and use arms to recline onto floor as you hoist hips, legs and feet to rest against the wall. (hips/buttocks touching wall).
Back is flat on floor; or you may elevate hips evenly with a bolster or pillow unless you are menstruating.
Blanket may support head; sandbag resting over feet may provide a sense of grounding.
Soften eyes, close eyes or cover with an eye pillow.
Observe your breath, perhaps with a hand resting over heart center and a hand resting over naval center.
Arms could extend overhead for a nice shoulder opener and stretch.
** This pose is very beneficial for recovery from all types of physical activity; this pose regulates our endocrine system providing hormonal balance. Practiced between 10-11:00 pm in the evening relieves Insomnia and helps to re-circulate oxygenated blood through-out the body.