It’s important to make time for this pose at the end of your practice to develop and keep an internal focus. It will help you relax completely, giving you time and space to slow down and let go of pressures and problems for a few minutes. You will finish your practice refreshed and ready to face your day.
- Relaxes the whole self-body and mind
- It’s important to balance active and passive poses in your practice
- Gives the nerves a chance to unwind and the heart rate to slow down
- Moment of quiet before the day starts
Here’s how to do it
- Lie on your back with your legs stretched out in front of you.
- Place your arms comfortably at your sides, slightly away from your torso, with your palms facing upward.
- Once you are lying flat, actively extend your arms and legs away from you, then release completely.
- Close your eyes and let everything relax.
- Take a few deep breaths, inhaling into your chest without tensing your throat, neck, or diaphragm. Exhale your body into the floor, releasing your shoulders, neck, and facial muscles. Keep your abdomen soft and relaxed, and release your lower back. As your eyes relax, breathe normally for 3- 5 minutes or longer, if time allows.
- Those who have lower back pain may put their legs on a chair.
- If you experience lower back pain you can do this pose with your legs resting on a chair. If you have neck pain have a folder or rolled blanket for the neck and head.