Bring your big toes to touch and take your knees as wide as your mat. Your hips will move down towards your heels as your arms reach forward. You can rest on a bolster here or you can rest your head on a block or on the floor.
To exit walk your hands back in, take some movement on hands and knees and then rest on your back or belly.
Counterpose to mild backbends
Stretches the spine
Opens the hips
Contraindications: Knee issues, lower back injury, ankle injury. If you are pregnant it may be best to sit this one out.
Props: Bolster, Blanket, Block as needed.
Important: In your Yin Yoga practice it is extremely important to listen to your own body. Within some of these poses you may experience discomfort, but we are NOT looking for pain. If you have an injury, be sure not to push yourself. If you feel any pain or pinching, back off out of the pose or try something else.
Make sure you move in and out of these poses slowly and mindfully. Give your body time to understand the changes that are occurring and make sure you rest between poses so that your body can reset.
While each pose does list suggestions for props and the known contraindications, your body is unique. It is your responsibility to keep yourself safe in your yoga practice ❤