Fall is creeping closer, but we still have some hot days ahead of us. It's easy to get overheated from the temperatures outside and all the craziness of back-to-school and changing seasons ahead of us. Personally, with a loaded fall calendar coming up and a looming to-do list, I am really feeling the heat.
I'd love to share with you a simple pose I often do when I'm feeling overheated or overwhelmed (or both). Legs-up-the-wall! I especially love doing this before I go to bed to help release the events from the day and help me feel more grounded and ready for sleep. I also use this pose for meditation as an alternative to a traditional seated posture. Sometimes I just really need to relax and quiet my body before I can even start to quiet my mind. (They really are connected after all!) There's also a whole slew of ailments which this supposedly helps with too. Legs-up-the-wall has done wonders for me, but like with anything, do what's best and feels good for you.
*If you're wondering how to do this correctly, asking a yoga teacher in person is a great way to prevent injury and figure out which variations and props are best for you! This is not recommended for pregnant women to lift your hips up: try this pose without the cushion underneath. And lifting your hips up like this for women who are actively menstruating is controversial , but doing this without the cushion or blanket is a great alternative. This pose should be avoided if you have glaucoma.*