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One Yoga Pose with Innumerable Health Benefits

 Steps to do leg up the wall pose:

There are two ways to practice it:

Using props as a supported pose, without props. Both options will provide the same benefits, but the supported version may be more relaxing for some people. Both versions require a wall or sturdy door upon which you can rest your legs.

  1. If you are practicing the supported version, set a bolster or firm, long pillow on the floor against the wall.
  2. Begin the pose by sitting with your left side against the wall. Your lower back should rest against the bolster, if you’re using one.
  3. Gently turn your body to the left and bring your legs up onto the wall. If you are using a bolster, shift your lower back onto the bolster before bringing your legs up the wall. Use your hands for balance as you shift your weight.
  4. Lower your back to the floor and lie down. Rest your shoulders and head on the floor.
  5. Shift your weight from side-to-side and scoot your buttocks close to the wall. Let your arms rest open at your sides, palms facing up. If you’re using a bolster, your lower back should now be fully supported by it.
  6. Let the heads of your thigh bones (the part of the bone that connects in the hip socket ) release and relax , dropping towards the back of your pelvis
  7. Close your eyes. Hold for 5-10 minutes, breathing with awareness.
  8. To release, slowly push yourself away from the wall and slide your legs down to the right side. Use your hands to help press yourself back up into a seated position.

 Health Benefits:

  • Regulates blood flow
  • Alleviates menstrual cramps,PMS and menopausal symptoms
  • Relieves swollen ankles and varicose veins
  • Helps testicular, semen, and ovarian problems in men and women respectively
  • Improves digestion
  • Restores tired feet or legs
  • Stretches the back of the neck, front torso, and back of the legs
  • Improves problems of the eyes and ears
  • Relieves mild backache
  • Provides migraine and headache relief, especially when done with a bandage wrapped tightly around the forehead and back of the skull
  • Helps keep you young and vital
  • Calms anxiety
  • Relieves symptoms of mild depression and insomnia
  • It relieves tired muscles
  • Relieves anxiety, arthritis, headache
It is a pretty bold statement to say this pose “destroys” old age.
It is a great alternative for those who are trying to start a meditation practice. It is considered an excellent restorative pose. It is usually practiced at the end of a class or in place of final resting pose.
For the athlete, this pose is great 24 to 48 hours following a tough game or workout. Many athletes, especially those who depend greatly on the strength and stamina of the legs, will benefit with this pose. Often athletes complain of the heavy or “dead” leg feeling they get after grueling days on the field. This will alleviate that feeling. Just like the lay person or yogi, an athlete will benefit from the lymph drainage action of this pose.When a person is too sore to run or do their normal activities, lymph collects in the feet. This can swell a person’s hands and feet. But sitting in the Heavy Legs position is much more effective and relaxing than just putting your feet up.

You should not try this , if :

  • if you have history of serious eye problems such as glaucoma
  • if you have serious neck issues
  • certain people during menstruation
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