Put Your Legs Up The Wall Tonight

August 11, 2015 Updated: August 11, 2015

If you come in to my River North, Chicago acupuncture practice for a consultation, I promise you I often have many suggestions. I believe that self-care is an important part of healing and staying healthy.

One recommendation that I mention quite often and for a variety of patients is the yoga pose called ‘Legs up the wall’. This is a simple, easily done, restorative pose with many benefits.

Top 3 Reasons to Put Your Legs Up The Wall

1. This pose benefits the heart by giving it a rest as it doesn’t have to pump so hard and it slows down your heart rate.

2. Having your legs up the wall reduces swelling in the feet and legs.

3. Plus this well known yoga pose is very relaxing!

Give it a try! Even a few minutes with your legs up the wall will help calm your mind and body.

(Amy/Flickr/CC BY)
(Amy/Flickr/CC BY)

If you want to get a little fancier try putting a yoga block under your pelvis.


Jennifer Dubowsky, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist with a practice in downtown Chicago, Illinois, since 2002. Dubowsky earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from University of Illinois in Chicago and her Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. During her studies, she completed an internship at the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital in Beijing, China. Dubowsky has researched and written articles on Chinese medicine and has given talks on the topic. She maintains a popular blog about health and Chinese medicine at Acupuncture Blog Chicago. Adventures in Chinese Medicine is her first book. You can find her at www.tcm007.com.