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Discover 'Legs Up the Wall' Yoga Relief

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us are looking for ways to keep our balance and let go of as much stress as possible. For me that means staying active every day, remembering to laugh a little, or a lot, and doing my favorite yoga poses daily.

One of the best ways to counter our nonstop daily pace, and help the body to just let go of everything for a few minutes, is the yoga pose called, "Legs up the wall." spotlighted this pose with yoga educator Jessica Matthews, who said "This pose is a physical reprieve for the lower extremities, countering the amount of time spent sitting, standing and physically moving on your feet."

How It Works

I do this pose as the final portion of my weekly yoga class. After an hour of stretching and balancing, exercising the mind and the body, the drill is to lie back on your mat and stick your legs straight up in the air. Then you scoot your bottom towards the wall and prop your legs against the wall to form an L-shape with your body. It is in the same family as headstands, but much safer as you use the wall and the mat to support your body.

If you are currently doing yoga, you may be familiar with this pose. If you are interested but new to yoga, stop by a yoga class to observe all of the poses, and then try it with the help of a certified yoga instructor.

If this pose does not work for you, try it with a chair. Lie on your back and put your lower legs and feet on the top of the seat of a chair to form a 90-degree angle.

When you are in the wall or chair pose, close your eyes and concentrate on your breath. You may also want to use a pillow under your head and a blanket to raise your hips. Spend 5 to 15 minutes relaxing in the pose, letting everything else go.

When to Use

This up-the-wall or chair trick to switch your whole world around can be a quick way to stretch and let go of stress whenever you need it. I find it especially effective at the end of a long day to give my feet and legs a rest and my mind an overall sense of peace. The end result is I sleep much better. Some of my friends use this pose in bed too. Then they can just lower their legs and roll over and go to sleep.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wellington, Fla.

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