December Challenge: Put Your Legs Up

During this time of year I find myself rushing around more than usual. On top of my busy work schedule I'm fitting in lots of family gatherings, much needed coffee dates with out-of-town friends, and racing to purchase and make gifts in time for the holidays. At the end of the day I just need to put my feet up. Viparita Karani--Legs Up of the Wall Pose is the perfect yoga pose for this time of year!

It's simple. Get a wall. Scoot a few inches away from that wall and put your legs up. To make it even more enjoyable I recommend putting a block, bolster, or blanket under your lower back to elevate your pelvis. Want to make this one even more yummy? Belt your legs together with a strap.

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Not only is this one perfect for tired feet and legs, but it's also been known to help alleviate anxiety and insomnia. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika claims that with regular practice of Legs Up the Wall "grey hairs and wrinkles become inconspicuous". I can't say the posture is that magical, but I swear by this one when my hamstring attachment injury flares up. 

Give yourself about five minutes to let the wall support you. Play with the placement of your legs. Ideally your femurs, upper leg bones, will effortlessly settle into your hip sockets. It can be really easy to grip your legs, but encourage your legs to relax. So what are you waiting for? Put your legs up and enjoy!