Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose, variation)


Fold 2 blankets 1 foot wide, 1.5 feet long, and 2 inches high. Stack them and place the long side a few inches from a wall. Sit on the blankets with one hip against the wall. Roll onto your back and straighten your legs up the wall. One edge of the blankets should run across the middle of your sacrum, and the other edge should be at the bottom of your shoulder blades. Move your arms into a cactus position to open your chest. This restorative pose will teach you how to release into deep states of relaxation—the foundation of pranayama. Rest here for 5–10 minutes.