National Yoga Month: Legs Up The Wall

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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.

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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.

  1. Alleviates menstrual cramps (you guys!!!)
  2. Regulates blood flow
  3. Restores tired feet
  4. Improves digestion
  5. Calms anxiety

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(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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10 thoughts on “National Yoga Month: Legs Up The Wall

  1. Traci

    Yes! Also one of my favorites. I used to mock this pose a little bit [silently, inside my own head] when I first started doing yoga. Now it’s my favorite way to end a practice, or any kind of work out.

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