details for Ragdoll Pose  ( )

Active-Restorative Start Position:

Standing

Description:

From Mountain Pose, step your feet a foot or two apart, exhale and hinge at your hips. Allow your knees to bend slightly as your body moves into a relaxed standing forward bend, hands hang loose like a rag doll, allow your head hang heavy and your arms to dangle down or Clasp the elbow with your hand. Feel your neck get long and your hamstrings lengthen and release. If you desire, shake your head loosely from front to back and side to side. Hold here for several breaths, get all the air out on the last exhale. Inhale and come up to standing, slowly rolling up one vertebra at a time.

Contraindication:

Low Blood Pressure, High Blood Pressure, Headaches, Glaucoma

Benefits:

Relieves tension in neck, slows heart beat, aids relaxation

Footnotes:

Carolyn Weatherson,Teacher Training Manual, (Guelph: Maha Pura Publishing, 2010), 142