Monday, July 19, 2010

Yoga Pose of the Week- 7/19/10 Legs on the Wall

The yoga pose I selected this week is called Viparita Karani or Legs up the Wall pose. It is a gentle inversion that packs a lot of therapeutic benefits. I like to do this pose right before bed or when I need to calm my mind.

Here are some of the benefits:

-regulates blood pressure

-helps treat cardiac disorders

-helps treat ear and eye ailments, stress related headaches, and migraines

-relieves palpitations, breathlessness, asthma, bronchitis, and throat ailments

-alleviates arthritis and cervical spondyosis

-relieves indigestion, diarrhea, and nausea

-helps treat kidney disorders

-prevents varicose veins

-relieves tired or cramped feet and legs

-calms the mind

-relieves mild backache
The link above gives you more information about the pose and how to get into the pose.
Here is a summary: Place a mat against the wall. Lay on your side and curl your knees into your chest and wiggle your tailbone against the wall. Roll onto your back and extend your legs onto the wall. Relax your legs. If your legs are rolling outward, use a strap just above your knees to keep them stable. Breathe deeply and close your eyes. Stay in the pose for atleast 5 minutes. You may wish to place a bolster or rolled towel under your buttocks and let your upper back and shoulders drape onto the floor.

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