Yin Pose for Stress or Anxiety

Yin Pose to relieve stress or anxiety

Holidays have you frazzled?  Has travel left you anxious or ungrounded?  Work deadlines closing in on you?  Whatever complication life is handing you, take this simple 10 minute break to reconnect with yourself and your breath, you’ll thank us for it later.  Enjoy!

Legs up the wall

There are so many benefits to inversions.  Legs up the Wall Pose is a restorative, relaxing and gentle inversion that is available to most. Also known as “Inverted Lake” this mild inversion is known for a wide range of health benefits as well as its anti-aging effects. Old Hindu writings claim that Viparita Karani  (legs up the wall pose) hides wrinkles in addition to banishing old age and death. Wow, that’s quite a claim.  We will let you know how that works out later.

Some Benefits of Legs Up the Wall Pose:

  • Regulates blood flow
  • Relaxes the abdominal and pelvic organs and improves blood supply to these areas
  • Eases symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps and menopause
  • Relieves swollen ankles and varicose veins
  • Helps testicular, semen, and ovarian problems in men and women respectively
  • Improves digestion
  • Relieves and restores tired or cramped feet and legs
  • Stretches the back of the neck and front of torso
  • Gently stretches the hamstrings, legs and lower back
  • Therapeutic for arthritis,
  • Improves problems of the eyes and ears
  • Relieves mild backache
  • Provides migraine and headache relief, especially when done with a bandage wrapped tightly around the forehead and back of the skull and an eye pillow or mask.
  • Helps keep you young and vital
  • Eases anxiety and stress and calms the mind
  • Relieves symptoms of mild depression and insomnia

Thought to help blood circulation in your legs (especially great for pregnant women bearing extra weight), as well as lymph circulation (which is necessary for healthy immune function and relies on exercise for movement within the body). Inversions are also thought to help thyroid function, relieve back pain, improve posture, and naturally adjust the spine.  The brain is also bathed in blood and oxygen and the fresh supply of blood in the neck and chest region quiets the nervous system.  Because your head is lower than your heart in this pose, the nerves in your neck and chest think your blood pressure has risen, so in response they lower the blood pressure.

How to do it:

1. Place three folded blankets, a bolster, or a firm pillow against a wall.
2. Sit down facing them with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
3. Lie back, lift your hips, and slide forward, resting your hips on the blankets and your shoulders below them on the floor.
4. Lift your legs, straightening them against the wall.
5. Relax your neck, face, and abdomen.

6. Connect to the breath, inhale fully for a count of four and exhale completely for a count of eight.  Continue with the breath work throughout and stay for 10 minutes or longer if you have the time.  If your legs have the tendency to splay open, you can use a yoga strap.  This also allows the groins to soften a bit more.

Contraindications:

Although Legs Up the Wall is safe for most individuals — including those who suffer from osteoporosis — you should not perform the pose if you have glaucoma or if you take medication to control high blood pressure. Also, if you have problems in your neck or spine, do not perform this pose without consulting your doctor.

 

 

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