Do you get the 3 pm slump? Or perhaps by mid afternoon you are feeling tight chested, short of breath, stressed or similar symptoms of anxiety. Looking for a fast, easy way to self care, breath and recenter? Legs up the wall yoga pose (known in the Sanskrit as viparita karani) may be your answer.
- Sit with one side of your body up against the wall.
- Lean the opposite way coming down onto your back while at the same time lifting the legs up and bringing the back of the legs (hamstring side) against the wall. Your buttocks remain against the floor.
- If you have tight hamstrings, feel free to bend the knees while keeping the heels comfortably against the wall.
- Some people enjoy placing a bolster or folded blanket under their lower backs.
- You may also modify this restful pose by simply lying down and placing your bent knees, over the couch or chair seat.
- To come out of the pose, bend your knees, roll to one side and sit up.
- Stay in the pose for the amount of time that works for you with the average recommended time between 2 and 5 minutes.
Dr. Paul M. Jerard, Jr. provides full instructions with other variations of the pose in this youtube video. Complete instructions are also provided on the Yoga Journal website.
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- Relieves tired or cramped legs and feet
- gently stretches the back of the legs, front of the torso, low back, and the back of the neck
- Relieves mild backache
- Treat and manage anxiety with calming mental health exercise
- Happy relaxation, restoration, and recovery!
“Big dreams. Small Steps.”
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