Throw your legs up the wall.

Throw your legs up the wall.

You know what to do!

Legs up the wall pose is a restorative yoga pose accessible to all. You don’t need any props and you don’t need a lot of space. All you need is the desire to relax.

Here’s what you do:
Sit on the floor with your right hip and right shoulder touching a wall. As you roll to lay on your back, swing your legs up the wall. Your low back should be supported by the floor. If not, slide hips away from the wall just a few inches. You can even practice this pose with knees bent and soles of your feet resting against the wall.  Rest your arms in any comfortable position–out to the sides, hands folded on your abdomen. 
Stay for as long as you’d like. 

The first few times you may have thoughts jump into your head. When this happens, just acknowledge the thought, but also acknowledge that you’re not in a position to act on the thought. Then let it go and get back to your stillness.

When you’re ready to come out of the pose, gently roll onto your right side. Stay there for a few deep breaths before coming up to sit.

Optional variations:
If your legs turn out a lot (rotate from the hip), you may want to tie a belt or scarf around the thighs, just above the knees.

An eyepillow or even a folded washcloth can block out light and help you to fall into relaxation.

Please note: Of course if you have any medical condition or if you are pregnant, please consult with your doctor before beginning any yoga or exercise program.