Category Archives: Wellness Practices

Legs Up the Wall

If you attend Pilates Mat on Tuesday evening at The Pilates Studio, Then you’re very familiar with Legs Up the Wall. This posture is calming and grounding especially at times when you’re feeling overwhelmed, or just plain tired.

What is it?

To put it simply, this inverted action reverses the forward motions of doing, acting, and accomplishing, allowing your brain and body to settle into a state of pure being. This then conditions the mind for deeper meditation, serenity, and self-awareness.

Do it!

Sitting with your left side against the wall, gently turn your body to the left and bring your legs up onto the wall. Use your hands for balance as you shift your weight.

Lower your back to the floor and lie down. Rest your shoulders and head on the floor.

Shift your weight from side-to-side and scoot your buttocks close to the wall. Let your arms rest open at your sides, palms facing up.

Let the heads of your thigh bones (the part of the bone that connects in the hip socket) release and relax, dropping toward the back of your pelvis.

Close your eyes. Relax into the pose for 5-10 minutes, breathing with awareness.

When you’re done, pull your knees into your chest and turn to your side.

Benefits

  • It reduces edema in the legs and feet.
  • It relieves tired leg muscles.
  • It gives you all the benefits of inversion, without the effort.
  • It is super calming for the nervous system.
  • It helps quiet the mind.
  • It can help with Anxiety, Headaches, Insomnia and Mild depression
  • Improves Digestion

Yogi’s say that 5 minutes is equivalent to a 20-30 minute cat nap! Give it a try and see if it doesn’t help you rejuvenate.

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