By Karen Voight, Special to Tribune Newspapers
10:01 PM EDT, June 6, 2012
When you crave some rest and relaxation, practice this supported, restorative yoga pose. It allows you to sink into deep and soothing relaxation, which will help to rejuvenate your body and mind.
1. Sit on a padded, level surface, feet flat on the floor with your knees bent. Position one yoga block underneath your midback (put the block in the horizontal position) and one yoga block in the tall, vertical position below your head. Lean back and, at first, rest on your elbows in order to find a comfortable position.
2. Once you find a comfortable position, bring the soles of your feet together and let your knees fall outward. Slide your arms forward until your hands are near your outer thighs with your palms turned up. Let your shoulders fall toward the floor.
Focus on slow, full inhales with complete exhales. With every inhalation think of expanding your body, and with every exhalation release any tension you may be holding in your body. Continue to breathe in this pose for 3 to 5 minutes or longer. To safely come out of this pose, bring your knees up to the center, then roll over to one side.
Voight is the creator of a line of fitness DVDs, including "Full Body Stretch" and "Ballet BodySculpt."
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