All of us are in this together and trying our best to stay safe and healthy during this challenging pandemic.
We are fortunate that we are able to just remain at home (for the most part) and have tried to make life enjoyable in spite of not being able to go out and socialize.
Most of our days are spent walking outside, biking, doing projects around the house and yard, and catching up on reading.
As a “lifestyle blogger” my goal is to bring you creative ways to enhance your lifestyle. This encompasses healthy eating, creating a space that makes you happy, living life luxuriously, or “luxe for less” and healthful practices.
A popular post that we published a while back featured the benefits of Dry Brushing. This practice improves skin quality and helps to detox your system. Check out this Healthy Living post and give this a try. It only takes a few minutes in the morning before your shower and you will feel so good.
Stress Relief – Ahhhhh
One thing that has really helped me to remain calm and healthy is a very simple yoga move that I do most evenings. Even if we have the television on, I will take a few minutes to do this pose.
The pose is called Viparita Karani. Otherwise known as Legs Up The Wall. Many athletes, runners, and dancers use this pose to reduce pain and tightness. They also see the stress reduction as a huge benefit.
Just about everyone can do this and the benefits are definitely worth the effort.
Simple Move To Improve Your Health
This simple move increases blood flow and decreases inflammation, improves hamstring mobility, and reduces lower back pain. It also reduces stress and stimulates relaxation – who doesn’t need that right now? I always feel relaxed and refreshed after just a few minutes. I usually remain in the pose for about 15 minutes. If you have any swelling in the ankle area this is a great exercise to reduce swelling.
The increased blood flow alleviates pain and increases relaxation. Some people who practice Legs Up The Wall find that they are able to get a better night’s sleep.
Different Poses To Try
Legs Straight Up The Wall – your lie on your back with your behind against the wall (or as close as possible). Raise the legs straight up the wall with feet hip-distance apart. Your toes should be pointing up toward the ceiling and arms placed at your side
Wide “V” Position – do the same as above but with legs spread into a wide “V” position. This provides a deeper stretch in the groin area
Soles Together Position – same as above but with knees facing outward and the soles of the feet together.
As we age, it is even more important for us to remain strong and supple. Give this a try. I assure you that you will feel better afterward.