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Restore Yourself

If the holidays have you feeling frazzled and frantic—stop, drop, and restore.

Yoga instructor Katherine Pleasants has just the remedy for easing your holiday stress—viparita karani, otherwise known as legs up the wall. This restorative yoga pose is your gateway to relaxation.

To practice, all you need is a wall and a few minutes of precious silence. Slide your rear end snug up against a wall and extend your legs toward the ceiling. Allow the wall to support your legs as you recline your torso on the floor. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and relish this moment of restorative peace.

Viparita karani gives the legs a rest, quiets the mind, and refreshes the body. This inversion releases fatigue from your legs and invigorates the abdominal organs, heart, and brain. Enjoy!