Wednesday Why: Legs Up the Wall

Why on earth would you do this?  And what the heck is it called?

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This lovely posture is called “Legs up the Wall”.  I discovered it in a restorative yoga class and after hearing the instructor praise it, decided to do some reading.  I learned, among other things, that not only was it CALMING, but it was one of the best things you could do for tired legs.

After adding it after EVERY RUN, I can now tell you – taking the time to do it is one of my keys to staying healthy.  Sometimes I do it and meditate.  Sometimes I post my runs.  And sometimes I chat with my kiddo about his day.  Combined with foam rolling, it has completely changed how I IRL (in real life) – even after a day at a client in heels!

The Why
– Reduces edema (stuck excess fluids) in your legs and feet
– Relieves tired muscles
– Reduces stress and calms the mind
– Boosts energy
– Alleviates headaches

The list continues when you visit Mr. Google, but you get the point!

The How
1. Find a good wall that abuts to a carpet or a rug.  OR bring over a mat.  You don’t want to be distracted by lying on a hard surface.
2. Scoot yourself so you are sitting next to the wall with one hip touching.
3. Swing your legs up against the wall and make sure your sits bones (aka your bottom) is flush against the wall.
4. Relax and take a deep breath

It’s that easy!!  I recommend at least 10 minutes, but if a couple is all you have – go for it!

I challenge you to try this pose today.  I’ve done it on conference calls from my home office, in my bedroom before bed and in the living room after dinner.

And – let me know how it goes!

Namaste, friends.

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