Legs Up The Wall

Legs Up The WallI have suffered from stress induced anxiety for years. Between health concerns and the unexpected issues that arise can be overwhelming at times and open that door to stressville city. Who hasn’t experienced stress? Please give me their name, I would love to know their secret.

Anyways, I turned to yoga and was amazed how wonderful and calm I felt walking out of class and for the rest of the day. I now teach yoga to children to help them learn ways to relax and find calmness in their world.

I have to say, my anxiety levels have gone down thanks to such yoga poses.

I am so happy to share with you a pose that I do in my adult yoga classes, as well as with my children yoga classes because it is so incredibly beneficial to everyone. So, if you ever experience stress in your life, you must put 5 minutes aside today and give this a try.

Oh, and if you are the .01% that does not have any stress in your life (GO YOU), here is a list of reasons I compiled as to why you should still give this pose a try πŸ™‚

Legs Up The Wall

Yes, this is the easy name also known as Viparita Karani (Vip-par-ee-tah Β car-AHN-ee). Viparita means turned around, reversed, inverted and Karani means doing, making, action.

Now that you know the technical name and meaning, you need to know what this pose can do for you.

Benefits Of Legs Up The Wall

  • Reverse blood flow to vital organs, ovaries, and bladder
  • Takes pressure off of the heart
  • Slows heart rate downLegs Up The Wall
  • Aids in digestion
  • Releases stress, tension and anxiety
  • Relieves swollen ankles and legs
  • Helps with varicose veins
  • Helps with sleep
  • Headache reducer
  • Aids in respiratory ailments
  • Gets all of your adrenal glands pumping
  • Helps relieve urinary disorders
  • Helps with both high and low blood pressure
  • Gives a lymphatic boost
  • Good for menopause
  • Alleviates menstrual cramps
  • Stretches back of neck, legs and front torso
  • Relieves symptoms of mild depression
  • Regrounds you
  • Leaves you feeling calm and relaxed

How To Master “Legs Up The Wall”

*Sit down facing the wall. Feel free to place blankets on either side of your bottom for added support.

*Lay on your back and place your feet on the wall, stretching upwards.

*Find your comfy spot. This means scootching your bottom forward or backwards, closer or farther away from the wall. You can place a pillow under your back if you are experiencing any back pains.

*Make sure there is no strain or pressure on your hamstrings.

*Rest your arms by your side – palms up

*Gently breathe in through your nose and out through either your nose or mouth (which ever is more relaxing to you).

Just So You Know

This is an easy enough pose for pretty much all age levels and abilities. This pose should never hurt or put any strain on any muscles or cause pain or discomfort of any kind.

As with most inversions, legs up the wall should be done with caution, especially if you have a serious eye issue such as glaucoma.

If you experience a tingly feeling in your feet or legs, simply Legs Up The Wallbend your knees touching the soles of your feet together and slide your feet down the wall allowing your heels to rest close to your pelvis. This should alleviate the tingling sensation.

You can also give your legs a rest if you need to by bending slightly at the Legs Up The Wallknee.

Remember, it only takes 5 minutes a day to gain all of these amazing benefits. My kids and I like to lay on a bed with our legs up the wall together while we relax before it is time to fall asleep. They honestly look forward to it….as do I.

Give it a go….5 minutes a day for a solid week and see how you feel. Of course you can lay there much longer if you would like. I can’t wait to hear how wonderful you feel afterwards!!!

Be Happy, Stay Healthy,

Rachel Grace

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12 comments

  1. Marlaine says:

    I LOVE this! I used to do this as a kid all the time, but I never knew that it was actually beneficial!! πŸ™‚ Very cool!
    I will have to give it another go, and get my kids in on it too – they’ll probably get a kick out if it! Thanks for a fun post.

  2. Brandon says:

    Oh wow, interesting article and a different exercise for sure. I don’t see many people do this exercise but after looking a all the benefits, it looks like I’m missing out! I’m glad it only takes 5 minutes a day, this is definitely something I might do.

    Is it best to do this before bedtime though?

    -Brandon

    • Rachel Grace says:

      Hi Brandon! Yes, this pose is definitely a must try! So, in both my adult and childrens yoga classes we do this pose right before Shavasana (relaxation/restorative pose). This will help calm the body down.

  3. Mohammad Makki says:

    Hey, this really did the trick! I’m glad I found your post. I tried it out and I feel a lot better. Maybe I should yoga if this is what it can do. It’s just so simple I’m gonna try to do it everyday. Thanks Rachel! P.S, does it have to be a 90 degree wall? Or is the point just to get the legs up?

    • Rachel Grace says:

      I am so glad you tried and enjoyed this pose Mohammad!! Good for you! You should give yoga a try, I think you may just love it πŸ™‚ The point of this pose is to elevate your legs, therefore it does not necessarily have to be at a 90 degree wall. Thank you so much for commenting!

  4. Josephine Crawford says:

    Rachel, this was a great help for me a few hours ago and I sincerely thank you for posting. For two days now I have been a bit stressed preparing for Hurricane Matthew and I came across this article and decided to try the exercise.

    Well, let’s just say I had a good sleep and I am feeling great at the moment. I now know what to do to relieve stress. Easy too. Many thanks for sharing.

  5. Cat says:

    This is one of my go-to yoga poses, stressed or not. I found it really relaxing and sometimes I use a strap instead of a wall if I want to watch tv while doing it πŸ˜€

    Great with pictures of versions of the post!
    Live well, Cat

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