Salamba Purvottanasana

Focus: Salamba Purvottanasana is a great example of an Iyengar yoga restorative pose that can help to rejuvenate energy levels. This video teaches a supported version of Purvottanasana that is well suited to times of tiredness or illness. The pose has many potential yoga therapy applications, but is also a great pose to include in a home yoga practice at times when energy needs to be preserved. Whilst in the pose the chest is held in an open but supported position. The degree of chest opening is similar to what might be achieved with more dynamic backbends, but can be sustained for a considerably longer duration of time. A practitioner would ideally stay in this pose and soak up it’s benefits for at least five or ten minutes. Remaining in the pose for an extended period of time has a calming effect on the nervous system. It can help to combat stress and counteract lethargy from mental and physical exertion.

Key Poses: Salamba Purvottanasana

Equipment: Mat, 2 chairs, 2 bolsters, 3 blankets, block

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 10 min

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