Try these 3 restorative yoga poses to melt away stress.
Judith Hanson Lasater
2 of 3 | Legs up the Wall Pose
Props: 2 blankets; 1 soft washcloth
1. Fold one of the blankets into a rectangle and place it near a wall with one end a few inches from the wall. Fold a second blanket into a rectangle and place it on the end opposite the wall to form a T. Sit at the wall end of the first blanket so one shoulder almost touches the wall, then roll onto your back on the blanket and swing your legs up the wall, resting your head and shoulders on the second blanket [shown]. Check that the first blanket is far enough from the wall so there is no stretch in the back of your legs and your buttocks do not touch the wall. Keep your belly parallel to the rug and make sure your lower back is completely supported by the blanket underneath.
2. Cover your eyes with a folded washcloth, breathe naturally, and rest from 3 to 10 minutes. To come out of the pose, bend your knees and carefully roll to one side and off the blankets into a comfortable position. Remain here a few minutes before sitting up slowly and preparing for the next pose.
BENEFITS: Refreshes the legs after standing for long periods; quiets the mind.
CAUTIONS: Do not practice this pose if you are more than three months pregnant, menstruating, suffer from hiatal hernia, or have disc disease in the lower back.