What if I told you there was one yoga pose that could help you with anxiety, arthritis, headaches, insomnia, digestive problems, blood pressure, varicose veins, tired/cramped legs and more. Would you try it? I’m hoping the answer is a resounding 'yes' because this pose doesn’t require much effort. In fact, you’ll be lying down the entire time! I’ve been relying on this pose a lot lately not only in my yoga practice but after every run and let me tell you, I’ve noticed a major difference in the quick recovery of my legs. So what is this magical pose?
It’s called Legs Up The Wall. A wonderfully restorative pose that I urge you to try every day. 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. Any time you stand or sit, your body has to work hard to pump blood from your legs back to your heart. In Legs Up the Wall, your legs are higher than your heart, and gravity helps with the circulation of both blood and lymphatic fluid.
What You’ll Need:
- Yoga Mat/Towel (optional)
- Two large towels
- Scarf, Bandana or Small Towel (to cover your eyes)
Getting Into The Pose: Option #1*
Place your yoga mat/towel against a wall. Sit sideways with your hips against the wall. 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. This is also a great time to do some deep belly breathing. Inhale through your nose while making a balloon with your stomach. Exhale through your nose while bringing your belly button into your spine. Why don't you take a couple of deep belly breathes now to practice?
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 taking slow 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.
I can't wait for you to try this pose today. You will feel relaxed, refreshed and calm. Who doesn't want to feel that? Come back and share your experience in the comment section below.
*People with eye conditions such as glaucoma and detached retina should not invert. Nor should those with hernias or heart conditions.