Sit in Sukhasana (Easeful Pose), Ardha Padmasana (Half Lotus) with a strap, or Padmasana (Lotus Pose), then recline onto props to rest in a gentle backbend. This pose opens your hips and the front of your pelvis as it gently extends your spine, expands your breath and melts away tension in your chest and shoulders. After practicing both sides of the crossed leg position, sit in Virasana (Hero’s Pose) in quiet introspective meditation. Practice this pose at the end of a long day, before meditation, or to gently open and energize before a more vigorous yoga practice. Prop list: bolster, 2 or more blankets, strap, optional eye pillow or folded cloth to cover the eyes.