This week’s exercise, called Viparita Karani, or “legs up the wall” pose, is a stretch that utilizes a wall to provide resistance. It targets the front torso, back of the neck, and the back of the legs. The pose is often suggested as a way to help relieve headaches and tension in the neck.
- Sit on the floor (you can use a yoga mat or a few blankets under you for some cushion), and carefully lean back to lie flat
- Extend your legs up the wall. Make sure your bottom is nearly touching the wall and your legs are together.
- Put your hands on your belly or rest them on the mat (spread perpendicular to the mat like I do in the image)
- Ensure that you are taking deep breaths in, and slowly releasing them to the count of five. Repeat several times.
- You can also flex and point your toes (see image below) to further stretch your legs.
Please speak to your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.