Got a floor and a wall near you? That is all you need for this simple exercise.
Don’t worry, there’s not much effort required on your part. All you need to do is sit down on the floor with your left shoulder and hip touching the wall, support yourself with hands and elbows as you gently swing around and bring the legs up the wall. Rest on your back, extend the legs up the wall towards the ceiling and relax. Let gravity do the work! If the back of your legs are tight, you can scoot slightly away from the wall. Stay here for 5-20 minutes. (If your feet start to tingle, bend your knees.) To come out of the pose bring the knees into the chest and slowly roll to one side, then support yourself up to a seated position.
Appropriately called “legs-up-the-wall” pose, it is one of the most therapeutic yoga poses. It is simple yet very effective, restorative and rejuvenating. The best part is there’s no prior yoga experience needed. It is not even required to like yoga to enjoy the benefits of this position. It is safe and suitable for almost anyone!
While you lay there, your lower back is rejuvenated, circulation improved, and hamstrings get a gentle stretch. This pose also gives the heart muscle a well-deserved break. While sitting or standing all day, the body has to work hard to pump the blood from your legs back up to the heart. In this pose, gravity supports not only blood but also lymph circulation.
The long list of benefits continues:
- Improves recovery from workouts,
- Recommended to relieve depression,
- Calms the mind,
- Relieves tired legs,
- Alleviates the heavy leg feeling,
- Relieves psoas muscle,
- Helps to regulate thyroid gland,
- Reduces swelling in the ankles and legs,
- Improve varicose veins condition
That’s an impressive list of benefits, but most importantly, it feels good! If that doesn’t convince you to get your booty over to that wall, here’s another perk – traditional yoga texts have given this pose a nickname “destroyer of old age”. Hint, hint! Try it! Soon enough your body will crave that restful ‘ahh’ feeling. This is a safe craving. Indulge!Please avoid this posture and consult your doctor if you have a serious eye condition, such as glaucoma, serious neck and back conditions or you take medication to control high blood pressure.