Legs up the wall is a great posture anytime you are looking to relax and reduce anxiety. We spend a lot of our time in the sympathetic nervous system which builds up stress in our bodies. We need to help bring ourselves into the rest state of the parasympathetic nervous system and give our bodies time to reset and downregulate.
Too much time in the sympathetic nervous system can cause chronic stress and leave our bodies fatigued and tense, especially around the shoulders, neck, and head. This can lead to headaches, body aches, irritability, and a host of other symptoms.
Our daily life has a lot of things that require our time and attention and can sap the energy right out of us. Use this posture as a time for your body and mind to let all that stuff go.
This posture is a mild inversion and gets your head below your heart. If you have any form of high-blood pressure or heart conditions check with your doctor. Also be mindful if you have any neck injuries.
Here are 5 great benefits of practicing Legs Up the Wall
- Provides more oxygen to the brain so will improve your mental function and mood
- Increases your sense of well-being from being in a restorative posture.
- Helps to reduce muscle tension in the body
- Alleviates a headache
- Helps restore and soothe tired, aching legs
Wow! So many great benefits! How many of us need that in today’s world? I know I sure do!!
So grab a bolster, blanket, or pillow and meet me on the wall.
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