Yoga is wonderfully healing and restorative; there is an asana for every symptom, ailment and affliction. Yoga doesn’t have to be a full sequence of sun salutations and warrior poses for us to say that we did some Yoga. Just recently I was reminded of this while recovering from a brutal Central American stomach bug.
My energy was extremely low and sitting up was an effort due to nausea and light-headedness. I managed to roll the yoga mat out and get myself into Child’s Pose (Balasana) however even in absolute surrender with my forehead on the mat this was nauseating, uncomfortable, my heart was racing and my head throbbing. I rolled over onto my back in Corpse Pose (Savasana) and discovered a greater sense of equilibrium and peace.
I lay there flat with growing concern about the state of my health and well being. A while later I managed to get myself up to check the time, and when I picked up my phone I found a message from a dear and divine sister asking if I was interested in going for a bike ride that afternoon. My mind was excited about the thought of exercise however the body was not fully agreeing. I expressed exactly where I was at and her delightful message and gift came right back.
“Restoration is what your body is requiring. Legs Up The Wall is my go to for gut imbalances, food poisoning and nauseousness. It helps boost the immunity, quells intestinal shenanigans and puts me back into parasympathetic state of calmness. All things good.”
I had simply forgotten the benefits of this restorative yoga asana.
I shifted the mat over to the wall, got my butt in as close to the wall as possible then extended my legs up the wall so my body formed an “L” shape. Instantly my heart rate began to steady up, blood circulation began to shift into my upper torso laying flat on the earth, and I invited in the peace and calm as my head stopped it’s throbbing. This position felt so incredibly wonderful, I was right on the edge of dropping into sleep as fifteen to twenty minutes passed by.
This posture is one of the most nourishing, grounding and calming poses; perfect for when you’re feeling overwhelmed, tired or stressed. It can be done pretty much anywhere. You lie on your back with your sit-bones as close to the wall as comfortable, and from there extend your legs up the wall so that the backs of your legs are resting against the wall. For a more therapeutic version you can place a block or bolster under the hips to elevate them further and create a slight inversion in your lower belly.
Legs Up The Wall is also very beneficial for digestion, menstrual pain, and also for relieving fatigue, cramping in the lower extremities, swollen ankles and calves caused by pregnancy, travel and long periods of standing.
Enjoy the simplicity of this restorative posture!
Love and Namaste!