There’s this yoga pose called “Legs Up The Wall.” And that’s what it is. You lay on your back with your butt all the way touching the wall so that your legs can stick up straight in the air. (Or if you can’t get your butt all the way to the wall, just leave it as close as you can.)
For variation you can bend your legs at the knee, or spread them apart with knees bent or straight as you prefer.
I mention it because this pose feels fantastic, whether you do yoga or not. I will often get into this pose when I want to take a little break, stretch, or just relax for a moment. It has a way of refreshing your body and what’s extra nice is that you’re doing something beneficial while also being totally passive. Which isn’t usually the case.
To get in and out of the pose, try turning onto your side and using your arms to help push you up. That way you don’t strain anything.
Besides relaxation, this pose has some additional health benefits of supporting your lymph system, helping reverse blood flow, stretching your hamstrings and lower back and it can help release tension in the back as well, if that is an issue for you.
In the picture the woman has some towels for support, which is a nice idea. But you don’t necessarily need them to give it a try.
Getting down on the floor and back up again keeps you mobile and flexible, and so far everyone I have suggested this pose to has really come to enjoy and appreciate it. So maybe give it a try the next time you need a little pick-me-up.
Barbara Wayman, APR