Legs Up a Wall is one yoga post we should ALL be doing daily…and this post will explain why!
Whether you’re an avid yogi or can barely touch your toes, there is one yoga post we should ALL be doing daily. It doesn’t require any flexibility, any fancy knowledge of sanskrit yoga pose names, or even a yoga mat really! All you need is your body and a wall.
So what is this pose?
Legs Up a Wall of course! Pretty straight forward, am I right?
But believe it or not, the simple act of putting your legs above your head and leaning them on the wall for a few minutes each day can have HUGE health benefits for your body and overall well being.
Here are the top 5 ways that Legs Up a Wall pose can help you…
1. Reduces swelling and cramping in lower extremities
Putting the legs and feet above the heart is an effective treatment for reducing swelling and pain in the legs and feet. Think about when you have a lower body injury…you’re told to rest and elevate your legs. Even without an injury, putting your legs up can be therapeutic after flying, exercise or standing for long periods of time.
2. Promotes relaxation and stress relief
The semi-supine position of the pose combined with deep breathing slows down your body and mind. Heart rate lowers, anxiety lessens, and thus stress and insomnia decrease as well.
3. Increases circulation
Elevating the legs promotes drains excess fluid from your legs and assists gravity by helping blood return back to the heart more efficiently.
4. Stretches the hamstrings and lower back
The angle of the body in this position, more specifically the curve of the lumbar spine, helps elongate and stretch the back muscles. The closer your hips are to the wall, the more stretch you'll create in your hamstrings as well. This is a super effective static stretch…especially after your muscles are already warmed up.
5. Relieves lower back and pelvic floor tension
When in a supine position, pressure is released from the spine and the pelvic muscles naturally release and relax.