I 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 🙂
Legs Up The Wall
Yes, this is the easy name also known as Viparita Karani (Vip-par-ee-tah 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 down
- 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 bend 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 knee.
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,