One-Pose Wonder: Shoulder Stand at the wall

#2 of 12 days of New Year's Resolutions: do at least 7 minutes of yoga a day. Got this one from Realistic Resolutions from Dr. Oz, and obviously adore it. I used to have the mindset that if I couldn't do a "full" practice, no yoga would be done. Sort of the old all or nothing approach. But then I realized the power of one or a handful of poses; basically, some is always better than none when it comes to yoga. And 7 minutes? I like how he says, Most people aren’t brazen enough to admit they can’t carve out seven minutes in their schedule. 'Nuf said.

Many of us want to kick off the New Year hardcore, and that's fine. But don't forget to add some yin to that yang, especially if you were livin' large during the holidays. This one-pose wonder (well, it's really a 2-for-1) fits very nicely into the 7 minutes slot. But feel free to make it longer too.

Viparita Karani into Sarvangasana/Shoulder Stand at the wall

Inversions change up the blood flow for the obvious reason that you are upside down. But did you know that your veins, unlike arteries, can't push blood along? They rely on movement to get blood from the periphery back to your heart. These inversions get venous blood from the feet, legs and pelvis back to the center. Both poses are restorative inversions, to soothe the nervous system and allow both body and mind to let go.

Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall).
A wonderful wind-down, viparita karani will help harness ungrounded energy and transition you towards bedtime.

Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand). Called the “queen of asanas”, shoulder stand addresses so many bodily complaints. You should practice shoulder stand under the guidance of a yoga teacher, to ensure that you are setting things up correctly. This version, done at the wall, is easier to come into while remaining aligned.Namaste.

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