One Essential Yoga Pose You’ll Love
The path of Yoga Therapy is about understanding the mechanics of the body, and applying gentle yogic philosophy to promote optimal health and wellbeing.
When I discovered this style of yoga it was so affirming for me, and gave me the space to really slow down in my practice and get to know what my body was doing. Combined with the intention to do less, it has also helped me heal from various injuries and feel stronger in my body.
If you only have time for only one pose today, try this one: Reclined hand to big toe pose (Supta Padangustasana) I love this pose! It is relaxing as it is done while lying on the back and it is done with the use of support of a prop(strap).
The intention of this pose is to release and bring ease to the back of the body. Practically it helps to stretch and lengthen the backs of the legs in a safe way while the pelvis is stable.
Done while lying on the back with the use of an assist (yoga strap or scarf), we can nestle the whole body into the ground and release any tension felt in the back and shoulders.
Supta Padangustasana (Reclined hand to big toe pose)
To Begin, find a strap~ I just use a scarf that is long enough to fit around my foot, and a pillow for your head. Some relaxing music is a bonus! Plan to spend about 45 minutes on each side
- Lie on your back, place a small support/pillow under the head. Tune into the skull bones, allow them to settle onto the mat beneath you
- Take the strap/scarf to your left foot to begin and raise the sole of the left foot towards the sky. Let the strap rest on the ‘bridge of the foot’, or big toe mound. Let the toe mound ‘shine’ toward the sky, the foot is in between flexed and pointed.*The right leg can be bent so that the sole of the right foot is on the ground. (The right leg can also be straight, but I would try the first variation first.Tune into the Pelvic bones, allow them to settle into the mat beneath youFind your breath
- The aim of this stretch is the back of the Left leg, from the pelvis all the way to the foot. I like to keep my left knee slightly bent. Relax the rest of the body.
Can you relax the body and find the breath is moving in and out in a natural way?
Can you feel the arms and shoulders relax? Can you relax the head, the jaw and the neck?
Can you allow the body to rest and be supported by the earth beneath you, and feel as it begins to breathe itself?
Lindsay Campa is a member of the Forest Yogini Collective. She is a Registered Massage Therapist and Registered Therapeutic Yoga Teacher offering holistic and supportive health care in the Cowichan Valley.