Get Upside Down

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
— B.K.S. Iyengar

If you don't have time to go to a yoga class or do a DVD at home, here is a 5 minute yoga routine that you can do to recharge, refresh and relax yourself. One of the most restorative yoga poses is Legs Up the Wall.  Every yoga class ends with some sort of inversion (i.e. getting yourself upside down). The reason for this is to get the blood flowing in the opposite direction to areas in the body that may need it.  Many people believe that these inversions are the hidden fountain of youth!

Benefits of Legs Up the Wall Pose:

  • Improves digestion
  • Relieves swollen ankles and varicose veins
  • Restores tired feet or legs
  • Relieves mild backache
  • Provides migraine and headache relief
  • Calms anxiety
  • Relieves symptoms of mild depression and insomnia

What You’ll Need:

  • Yoga Mat (optional)
  • Two large towels 
  • 1 small towel (to cover your eyes)

Getting Into The Pose: Option #1*
Place your yoga mat against a wall. Scoot yourself as close to the wall as possible and take a few easy breaths. Try inhaling and exhaling from your nose at a slow, steady pace.   On an exhale, swing your legs up onto the wall so that your heels and sitting bones are against the wall.

Let your hips sag down and keep your feet relaxed. Let your shoulders release into the mat and have your arms out wide, palms facing up. Tilt your chin slightly into your chest and open your mouth a bit to release your jaw.  Cover your eyes with a small towel and relax for 5 minutes.  

To come out of the pose, bend your knees into your chest and roll on to your right side. Make a pillow with your hands and lay in the fetal position while breathing easy breaths through your nose.  Place your left hand down and bring yourself up slowly with your head being the last thing that comes up.  

Getting Into The Pose: Option #2*
If you suffer from lower back pain or feel that you need more support for your back and neck, take a towel or two and fold it in a square and place under your lower back.  Take another towel and roll into a cylinder and place behind your neck.  Then follow the instructions given in Option #1.

OM the moment for your body by rewarding yourself with a restorative pose every night before going to bed.  Let me know when you try it out in the comments below.  If you like this post, show me some love below.  

*People with eye conditions such as glaucoma and detached retina should not invert. Nor should those with hiatal hernias or heart conditions.