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5 health benefits from doing the legs up the wall pose every day for 20 minutes

July 07, 2018 • By Shirley Marie Bradby

Putting up our legs is not something that should be done only when we feel dizzy!

In fact, lying on the ground and putting your legs straight up a wall is a position that is easy to assume. In addition, it is also a very good exercise that virtually anyone can do and it produces numerous benefits.

Its simplicity hides the fact that this exercise is actually part of the ancient practice of Yoga positions (asanas) that were created to obtain health benefits! Therefore, let's review its usefulness and the contraindications.

Chest down and legs up towards the sky.

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In Yoga, it is called Viparita Karani and what you see here is the basic version of the pose (the most advanced is the "candle"). The distance of the pelvis from the wall and the degree of relaxation of the legs depends on the flexibility and the height of each person. 

To do this pose, you can use support accessories like bath mats spread on the floor and towels to put under your lower back. Then once you have learned the pose and you do it with regularity for at least 10 minutes each time, you can experience a whole range of benefits, including: 

1. Improved digestion: The inverted position "massages" the abdominal organs and also reduces problems with constipation. 

2. Improved blood circulation: This is a health benefit that is provided by all the poses where the position of the body is inverted and lets the force of gravity work in reverse. For this reason, this is a pose that must be tried by anyone who suffers from varicose veins and swollen feet and legs. 

3. Natural Painkiller: According to ancient yogic wisdom, this position can bring relief in different situations of physical pain, such as menstrual pains (not during the period itself but in other stages), night cramps, headaches, and arthritis (in this case, the pose can be augmented with small circular movements of the ankles). 

4. Stretching the posterior of the body: This pose allows you to stretch the muscles of the legs and back without the need to make any particular physical exertion, and therefore it also suitable for people with reduced mobility such as the elderly. 

5. Relief from stress and anxiety: Combined with calm and conscious breathing, this simple reversal pose can prove to be very useful in relaxing the mind and removing thoughts that cause anxiety. In addition, it promotes a better night's sleep. This is definitely --- A must try!



What are the contraindications to this pose?

As mentioned, Viparita Karani is to be avoided during the days of menstruation. It is also recommended to do other types of poses if one suffers from serious problems of eyesight and to do this exercise only under the supervision of a professional in the case of spinal disorders or back pain. If you start to feel tingling in your feet, press the soles of your feet together and bend your knees.


Now you know how to solve some health issues by simply devoting a few minutes to your body!


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