An inversion is a pose where the head is lower than the heart, and the heart is lower than the feet. Arranging your body this way is an instant relaxant, physically and mentally. It’s the reason they say “kick your feet up.”
The poster child for restorative inversions is Legs-Up-the-Wall pose. Picture yourself sitting on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. Now imagine rotating your body 90 degrees so that your back is on the floor and your legs are pointing up into the air. That’s essentially the pose, except with your legs, well, up the wall. I especially enjoy practicing L-U-t-W before bed or after a long flight.
How to get you in it
- Set a timer for 5 minutes.
- Place the long edge of a folded blanket or pillow next to a clear patch of wall space.
- Sit on the short edge of your prop.
- Lie down on your side, then roll over on your back.
- Extend your legs up the wall. Let your legs relax.
- Close your eyes and remain in the pose until the timer sounds.
- Deepen the inversion by swapping the blanket or pillow with a rectangular bolster.
- Encourage your legs to relax even more by wrapping a strap around your thighs.
- Relieve back tension by asking a passerby to place a block or blanket on the soles of your feet.
- Two words: eye pillow.
Mods for different bods
If extending your legs up the wall isn’t right for your body, give one of these modifications a go:
- Like Macklen's demonstrating in the picture below, lie down on the floor in front of the sofa or a chair and place your legs on the seat.
- Sit on a folded blanket on the floor. Position a bolster or cushion long ways in front of you. Put your legs on the bolster or cushion and lie down.
If you have any questions, send us an email. If you want to share your experience, post a picture of your pose on Instagram and tag the club.