Backbend • 5 to 10 minutes
Bolster (or 2 rolled blankets or a large pillow)
- Ensure that the blanket roll is placed behind your shoulder blades and spine to support the opening of your chest, and not in the lumbar curve of your lower back.
- Supports and maintains your spine in normal, healthy extension.
- Gently stretches your chest and shoulders.
- Helps reverse the effects of long periods spent sitting and slouching.
- Invites your breath to deepen.
- Eases tension in your shoulders.
- Invites a sense of coolness and fluidity to temper the heat of stressful emotions.
Restorative Yoga Poses : Mountain Brook Photo Gallery
- . From a sitting position, draw your legs over the bolster and place the blanket roll horizontally across the mat approximately one foot behind you.
- . Using your hands for support, relax your abdominals and lie back, adjusting the blanket roll so that it is behind your shoulder blades.
- . Take your arms out wide with your elbows bent in a cactus shape.
- . Remain in Mountain Brook for 5 to 10 minutes. To exit, bend your knees, place your feet on the bolster, and roll to one side. Press yourself up to a sitting position.
Try to embody the name of this pose and imagine that your body is a river, flowing up and over each curve in the earth, feeling any resistance or tension wash downstream.