There are many health benefits to regularly practicing yoga. It is good for your mind and body. Meant to create harmony and to strengthen specific muscle groups. In a typical yoga session, you may learn breathing techniques intended to calm and relax you. This can put you in a meditative state. While you focus on your breath, you will take postures, sometimes called poses or asanas.
Lowering stress is the primary mental benefit of yoga, according to the American Osteopathic Association, (AOS). The physical benefits are numerous: “lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”
Yoga can also assist in Increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone; it can improve respiration, energy, and vitality. Maintain a balanced metabolism, weight loss, cardio and circulatory health, enhance athletic performance and provide protection from injury.
So whether you’ve tried yoga or not, there are many positives to continuing with it or attempting a pose for the first time. The legs-up-the-wall pose has grown in popularity and become more familiar with athletes and cubical dwellers alike.
I should preface this first by stating if you have significant health issues, don’t attempt this pose. Viparita Karana asana or leg-up-the-wall is an asana you might need to consult your physician first before doing. Yoga is meant to be slow and gentle. You have to ease into doing this particular posture. Follow the video carefully.
So why is leg-up-the-wall getting so much mainstream attention? It’s doing wonders for those with tense bodies; a.k.a. Everyone who’s stressed out. And according to the American Psychological Association, in 2017, we’re at our highest level of stress. Two thirds, 63% of Americans name the future of our nation as the highest stress for them. Money and work follow closely at 62% and 61%.
So if you’re one of that 63 %, give leg-up-the-wall a try. If you still need more convincing, here are five additional benefits to this pose.
Do you have digestive issues? This asana can aid you in improving it. Movement in the abdomen massages the intestines, which boosts digestion and fights constipation. Your appetite might increase because you’re metabolizing food quicker.
Leg-up-the-wall promotes healthy circulation. This pose is considered inverted; blood flow increases to the upper part of your body. It also flushes out the lymphatic system, decreasing swelling in the lower extremities. It can also assist in problems with blood pressure.
If you suffer mild to chronic pain, this pose can aid you in relieving it. It can rid you of headaches, stiff joints, or leg cramps. Working out the muscles in your pelvis strengthens the reproductive organs. This can ease menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause.
I’ve briefly discussed how yoga can reduce stress and anxiety. By lying on your back with your legs elevated, you’re allowing your mind to calm down and just let go. Your parasympathetic nervous system is taking over, giving you a few moments to just drift and not think about anything stressful at all. By combining this with deep breathing, you’re being forced to rest.
Stretching your body can assist you in becoming more flexible. This can do away with pain over time. These stretches involve working your hips, back, leg and calf muscles. You may be able to deal away with chronic back pain.
Remember, if you have any outstanding health issues such as a hip, back or neck injury, don’t attempt this asana. If you have glaucoma or history of cardiac/stroke, avoid this pose because there will be an increased flow of blood to your head and heart.
Leg-up-the-wall is one pose I’ve yet to try, but it’s one I’m interested in mastering. How about you? Have these health benefits piqued your interest in yoga or this pose?