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Restorative Pose for Body and Mind

Jul 8, 2015

Want to reverse the effects of gravity, move stagnant fluids, calm your nervous system and improve your digestion?!? Practice Legs Up the Wall inversion pose.

Want to reverse the effects of gravity, move stagnant fluids, calm your nervous system and improve your digestion?!? All of that can happen when you practice Legs Up the Wall inversion pose.

This posture also can relieve tired leg muscles, reduce swelling in the legs and feet, improve varicose veins, help regulate blood pressure, reduce menstrual and menopause symptoms, ease back pain and alleviate stress.

As with any exercise, if you have any medical concerns, check with your doctor before practicing this pose.

Begin by sitting on the floor with your side touching a wall. Gently lie down on your back while pivoting your body, bringing your legs up the wall. Scoot in if necessary so your legs and buttocks are touching the wall. Place your hands over your belly or out to your sides, palms up. Relax. Focus on your breathing and the rising and falling of your belly. Stay in the posture for up to 20 minutes. (Build up to that!)

While in this position, you may want to intersperse these variations:

Bend your knees to mimic a squat (feet flat against the wall), either with your feet and knees together or with your feet and knees separated. Use your hands to pull your knees closer to your chest, then relax your hands/arms again.

Open your legs out to a V-shape. Use your hands to stretch them farther apart, then relax your hands/arms again.

To come out of the pose, bend your knees and gently roll to one side. Stay on your side for awhile before coming to a seated posture. Stand slowly when you’re ready.

Good Qi,

Nancy G

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