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Using The Wall As A Yoga Prop

Yoga props come in many different forms, shapes and sizes. You can find just about anything you need to support your unique body during your yoga practice. We love using props to ensure our practice is accessible, safe and personal.

Some of our favourite props are Rectangular Bolsters, Mini Round Bolsters, Yoga Blocks, Knee Pillows and Straps. And perhaps a lesser known yoga prop... The Wall! The best thing about the wall? Most of us already have one at home, so it doesn't require us to purchase anything new.

Using the wall as a yoga prop

Ever have one of those days where you didn't have the energy to do anything but collapse? Well the wall is the perfect place to rest into. It's sturdy and will always have your back.

Not sure where to start when using the wall? Try this simple Yin Yoga Sequence by Kelly Lightfoot of Hannah's Room Yoga.

Yin Yoga Sequence At The Wall

Lay down with your back on the floor and bum against or close to the wall. TIP: The tighter your hamstrings are, the further you'll want to be away from the wall. You can lay on a blanket for some cushioning or really step up the comfort level by laying on a Zabuton as shown in the photo above. 

  1. Butterfly Pose
    Press your feet together and let the knees fall open. Rest the outer edges of the feet against the wall. Let your arms reach wide along the floor or lightly press the hands into the knees if you want to feel a little more stretch. (shown above)
  2. Wall Squat
    Plant your feet into the wall wider than hip distance apart. Knee should be bent near 90 degrees or whatever feels comfortable for your back.
    How to do Yin Yoga Wall Squat
  3. Dragonfly Pose
    Similar to a wide legged legs up the wall. Spread your legs out as wide as you comfortably can. Heels rest against the wall and feet roll outward.
    How to do Yin Dragon Fly Pose against the wall
  4. Supine Spinal Twist
    Bring your legs back to centre, knees bent, feet on the wall. Cross the right knee over the left knee. Allow the knees to drop to the left. Grab a block or pillow to place between the knee and the floor if you wish.
    Hold for a few breaths, then repeat on the other side.
    How to do a yin spinal twist in yoga
  5. Legs Up The Wall
    Bring your legs back to centre and uncross them. Extend your legs along the wall with the soles of the feet facing upward. Make any adjustments you need to relax completely and stay here for 1 - 12 minutes.
    Legs Up The Wall in Yoga with extra props

This yoga sequence is good for day practice or an evening practice. Make any adjustments that feel right for you in each moment. You can hold each of these yin yoga poses for as long as they feel good for you. We recommend at least 8 - 12 breaths in each pose.

If you haven't use the wall for your home yoga practice yet - we hope you try this sequence. Let us know your thoughts if you do.
Wishing you love & rest as always,
Shelley

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