legs up the wall
posted: February 4, 2013
Our Toronto ambassador David Good wants you to stop what you’re doing and put your legs up the wall. Read on to find out why he’s so passionate about this restorative yoga pose, and then find a wall near you and put those legs up!
In this fast paced world, everyone is working longer and harder to get a leg up, and it’s spilling over into our fitness life as well. What if taking a break is exactly what you need to live a full, rich life and achieve the goals you’ve set?
My goal for 2013 is to share this radical idea. To create gaps to have more room to be creative, daydream and be open. To take the time to recover and heal yourself so you don’t burn out, but instead shine more often. How are we going to do this?
By putting your legs up the wall.
how to do it
Sit with your hips against the wall and roll onto your back, taking your legs up the wall. Your seat should be pressing as close to the wall as you can. Spend 5 to 30 minutes here.
Contraindications: avoid if you have glaucoma. If your toes get tingly, bend your knees, and with your feet together bring your feet closer to your pelvis.
what’s going on in this pose?
- Your femur bones are dropping into your hip sockets, relaxing your psoas. These are the muscles that help you walk and support your lower back.
- Blood is draining out of your tired feet and legs.
- Your nervous system is getting a signal to slow down. It’s all stress release and recovery big time.
The list of benefits is as long as your yoga mat.
- Do it before bed to help cure insomnia.
- Release of sore legs after your long run as it stretches the hamstrings.
- Helps with poor digestion and circulation.
- Helps to regulate your thyroid.
- Great for mild sore lower back.
legs up the wall week
Do it with your friends, loved ones, entire family, or by yourself. Life’s not about the destination, it’s all about the ride. Slow down and don’t miss anything. Share your photos on instagram, twitter, or on our Facebook wall, and tag it with #legsupthewall. How many legs can we get up the wall this week?