Today’s pose has always been one of my favorites, yet it is one of those poses I don’t think to do very often, at least not outside of the studio. But I should. In fact we all should.
What pose am I talking about?
Legs up the wall.
Legs up the wall is just as it sounds. Lying on your back with your legs straight up a wall. Sounds simple, yet it is so beneficial! Let’s take a look at some of those benefits of “legs up,” as it’s often referred.
- Alleviates menstrual cramps (you guys!!!)
- Regulates blood flow
- Restores tired feet
- Improves digestion
- Calms anxiety
(Side note: go ahead and be jealous of my super stylish outfit, you’re allowed! LOL)
While you can obviously complete this pose at home anytime, it isn’t uncommon in a busy class to still do this pose without going to the wall. Instead we will just bring our legs straight up and hold them there. Since this is a point where we are usually nearing the end of our practice and things have slowed down, I can find this to be too much work, my legs and core will shake as I hold my feet up, so I will often take a block and put it right under my hips to add a little extra support and make the pose more restorative for me again.
Next time you find yourself in need of a little more comfort or with some gnarly cramps, head to the wall and just chill.
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Where are my ‘legs up’ fans?