When I put my legs up the wall I try to send my breathe to my ankles, then I stare at the blood pumping in them. I know it sounds weird, but I’m pretty positive it helps them heal. So even though I love hot power yoga – in my experience it is super important to hold still and recover. Holding still is mentally really fucking hard for me… but I know the physical and mental benefits are almost immediate. When I ran my most comfortable and fast marathon I was doing yin yoga religiously twice a week.
Not only did it help my deep tissue and my overall performance- but my ability to focus and concentrate was strong. Believe me, I’d rather run a damn marathon than hold dragon or lizard for freaking six minutes. Anyway, this is my favorite inversion. Bonus if I’m at WHY and I can rest my tightass calves on a heater- lol.