Restorative Yoga Poses : Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook

Backbend • 5 to 10 minutes

PROPS

Bolster (or 2 rolled blankets or a large pillow)

Blanket roll

  • 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.

BENEFITS

  • 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.

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. . From a sitting position, draw your legs over the bolster and place the blanket roll horizontally across the mat approximately one foot behind you.
  1. . Using your hands for support, relax your abdominals and lie back, adjusting the blanket roll so that it is behind your shoulder blades.
  1. . Take your arms out wide with your elbows bent in a cactus shape.
  2. . 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.

TIP

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.

 

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