Discover ways to modify, deepen, and explore various poses with this prop everyone has at home: your wall!
Let’s take a moment to talk about the wall. It’s a yogi’s best friend—there to catch your heels when you kick up into a handstand and support your legs when you need to rest and restore in legs up pose. From opening the body to stabilizing a pose, there are many ways the wall can assist you in your yoga practice. Even better, it can be a great teacher in your sacred at-home practice. Here are three poses that are perfect for the wall:
Standing Forward Fold:
Face the wall and fold forward, walking your upper back against the wall to coax your chest or the fronts of your ribs to rest onto the tops of your thighs. Engage your leg muscles, press down through your inner feet to lift your sitting bones higher, and lengthen your sternum toward the tops of your feet. Relax the weight of your skull down to your feet and breathe deeply with your eyes closed.
Supported Half Splits:
Anchoring your back foot against a wall in half splits does two things: It helps stabilize your pelvis by keeping your back leg internally rotated; and it gives you a boundary to press into, which in return helps you deepen the pose.
Revolved Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose:
A combination of balancing and twisting that requires a decent amount of hamstring length to perform, Revolved Hand-to-Big-Toe is a complicated pose. Stabilizing your top foot against a wall allows you to experience and explore the pose in all of its nuances while receiving all of the same benefits.