I know, I know I had stash additions to show you today, but those will wait until next Sunday. I try to do one of these stretches on the last Sunday of the month, and here we are. This is the last of the three poses of which Dayna shot photos back at the end of September. Oh heat! Oh warmth! I miss you!
If you have trouble sleeping this is one pose that can help you, especially if you do it right before bed. (update: I just found a link with a video; according to Rodney Yee, this is "the most therapeutic yoga pose." :-)
1. Sit on the floor, sideways to the wall, with one hip against the baseboard and your shoulder touching the wall.
2. Lie down.
3. Swivel your butt around, so it is as if you are sitting on the wall. Use your elbows to help wiggle in tight as you do want your sit bones actually against the wall. Straighten your legs.
Bernie Clark says a nice option is to place a cushion under your sacrum.
Especially if you stand all day, walk a lot, or even sit for long periods of time, energy, or chi as the Daoists call it, pools in the legs, along with the blood. This reverses that downward pull. You are actually getting many of the benefits of inverted (upside down) poses with the added benefits of resting and letting go. If you add in that slow and steady nose-breathing, this helps kick in your parasympathetic nervous system, that "rest and digest" system where our bodies have time to reset, to restore, to heal.
To come out, bring your legs into your chest. You might want to wrap your arms around your shins and give yourself a hug, but it is not necessary. Roll to one side, pause there for a few breaths, then push gently away from the wall and sit up. For a brief, but great article about several benefits to this pose, aka Viparita Karani, go here.
Yesterday I worked most of the day on Brady's stocking. It's nearing completion and I am pretty pleased. Since this is Sunday Stash day, I'll give you a peek at some of the fabrics I bought in Florida. This little collection is all in his stocking. (and more, but I'll save that for the post which might just be tomorrow!)
Looks like lots ahead this week: a finish for sure, stash sharing, Throwback Thursday for Christmas projects with Jenn at A Quarter Inch from the Edge, (I remembered!), the start of a new month, which has me thinking (I'm nuts I know) I might add a small project to ALYOF at Sew BitterSweet Designs...
And now I'm off to teach yoga!
If you'd like to see the other posts in this series, here they are: