Only have 5 minutes to squeeze in a yoga practice? No problem! Let me introduce you to one of my all time favorite yoga poses, Legs-up-the-Wall (Viparita Karani). This restorative gem can help restore energy, boost circulation, reduce stress as well as help with jet lag and insomnia. This pose is a restorative inversion, making it the perfect pose for tired, swollen legs and feet, at the end of a long day. All you need is a spare wall and a few minutes to transform your day.
The step by step:
Sit beside a wall, with your hip touching the wall and your knees bent up towards the ceiling. Gently lie down on your back and slowly swing your legs up the wall.
A couple of sweet additions to this pose include a low folded blanket under your head, a blanket under your hips and/or an eye pillow over the eyes. Feel free to add one or more of these calming options to your practice.
Stay for 5-10 minutes. If your legs fall asleep, bend your knees in and then re-stretch them as you are ready.
To exit the pose, roll to one side, pause here for a few breaths and then make your way up to sit.
Enjoy the rest of your day or evening, feeling rested and restored.
*Consult your doctor before trying this pose if you have any concerns about practicing inverted poses