If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed and exhausted (I mean really, who hasn’t?) or been plagued by the inability to wind down at the end of a long or stressful day, this yoga posture, aptly named “Legs Up the Wall,” is something to keep tucked inside your wellness toolbox!
As the name implies, the posture requires that you lie flat on the floor, butt up against the wall, with legs extended up the wall. Arms can either be straight and outstretched about 6-12 inches from the body, palms facing up or resting on the belly. If this posture is uncomfortable or puts any pressure on the low back, a towel may be rolled up and placed under the curve of the low back to maintain the natural curve of the spine.
Then. Just. Breathe. (After several minutes in this posture, you will likely become so relaxed, it’ll be a challenge not to fall asleep!?) Try to maintain the position for at least 5 minutes to really experience the benefits of it. What are those benefits? Well, here are just some of the ways that this posture supports the body:
- It reverses the effects of gravity which, in turn, regulates blood flow and allows any fluid that has accumulated in the feet, legs and hips to drain.
- It alleviates menstrual cramps.
- It relieves swelling in the feet and ankles and varicose veins.
- It improves digestion.
- It relieves tired leg, feet and lower back muscles.
- It relieves tension headaches.
- It is EXTREMELY calming to the nervous system.
- It quiets the mind (particularly when combined with long, deep breathing).
This is an excellent (and natural!) way to remedy fatigue, tension, overwhelm and anxiety. Please report back on your experience in the Comments. I would love to hear from you!
Have a wonderful, Wellegant™ Week!