After a long day of work, a good yoga practice can help soothe tired legs and feet. It can also help to rejuvenate and energize your body. In this blog, we have compiled a list of yoga poses to help you with those tired legs and feet.
When you sit at your desk all day long, you put a lot of strain on your legs. You may take a few breaks during the day but most of the time you sit very still. As a result, your legs become tired and maybe even sore. To prevent this, you can do some simple stretches everyday to keep your legs healthy and strong. If you are looking for some yoga poses that you can do at home, here are 6 of them that will help you feel better and keep your muscles resilient.
Yoga can be a great way to relax your body, but many people do not realize that it also can help your body heal. Have you ever noticed that the muscles on the front of your legs and feet seem to ache after a long day of walking? What if you could make those muscles stronger, which is not only more comfortable, but may also help to heal your body more quickly?. Read more about leg yoga and let us know what you think.
Do you know how you feel when you are on your feet all day and all you want to do is take off your shoes, put your feet up and relax? While the couch can be very tempting at this point, you’ll benefit more from a few essential yoga poses to relieve tired legs and feet.
By gently exercising your foot and leg muscles when you are tired, you can give them extra energy. A regular yoga practice can help lengthen your muscles and make them more flexible and lighter. If you want to learn more about these restorative postures and dive even deeper into relaxation, why not sign up for a free 30-day yoga challenge? You sweat and relax, which means you get the best of both worlds!
So spread out your mat, put your feet up and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation!
Message: All but the first installation are against a wall, so make sure you have enough room. Put your mat closer to the wall and lean on it!
1. Downward facing dog pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Start in the downward dog position to slowly stretch your legs, calves and the back of your thighs. Keeping your knees bent, slowly extend one leg at a time, bringing your heel closer to the floor. Be careful and give your feet the attention they need without overloading them. Stay for 1 to 2 minutes.
2. Legs along the wall (Viparita Karani)
This position is one of the best to relax tired legs and feet. Because it is a slight inversion, it drains lymph from the feet, reducing swelling in the feet, ankles and knees. At the same time, this position increases blood circulation in the upper body and restores balance after long periods of standing.
Lie on the floor and move your sit bones closer to the wall. If you have lower back pain, move your sit bones slightly away from the wall. Make sure your kneecaps are not locked and support with your hands on your sides. Work for 3 to 5 minutes and increase the time to 10 minutes.
3. Lateral bending (variation of Upavishtha Konasana)
In the legs against the wall exercise, keep your legs straight and your sit bones in contact with the wall. Start opening your legs in a V-shape until you reach a comfortable resistance. Don’t pull or push your legs down hard, let gravity do the work. This pose opens the hips and stretches the inner thighs. Stay in this position for 3 to 5 minutes and then slowly lift your legs.
4. Needle-eye posture on the wall (variation of Suchirandhrasana)
This pose releases stiffness in the outer thighs and increases the range of motion of the lower body.
It may be easier to start with the bones of the model a little further from the wall for this installation. Start with your legs stretched against the wall and lift your left ankle above your right knee (in this case, the higher ankle is closer to your hip). Slowly begin to bend the right leg and allow the foot to slide toward the wall. Pay attention to the feel of your hips and descend slowly, as far as your body will allow. Stop when your ankle is parallel to your knee.
Stay in this position for 3 to 5 minutes, and when you leave the position, hold both legs up for a few breaths before switching sides.
5. Held Butterfly Pose (variation of Baddha Konasana)
The butterfly helps open the hips and thighs, relieves stress and anxiety, and stimulates the digestive organs. To switch to the butterfly variation with support, bring the soles of your feet toward each other and slowly lower your feet toward your hips. Spread your knees as wide as possible and let gravity help you again.
Stay in this pose for 3 to 5 minutes, then slowly release your knees and bring them closer to your chest to do the final pose.
6. Happy Child Pose (Ananda Balasana)
The happy baby pose releases tension, gently stretches the inner groin and relieves lower back pain. From the butterfly position, pull your knees up to your chest and grab the outsides of your feet with your hands. Lift your feet and keep your ankles above your knees. If your hips are tight, you can put a strap around the balls of each leg and hold on to the straps to create more room.
Hold this position for up to a minute, then slowly release the feet.
Finish the exercise in savasana. Slide the mat so you can lie on your back and set a timer for 5-10 minutes of relaxation. Notice the feeling in your feet and legs, take a deep breath and enjoy.
Yoga, the practice of breathing and moving in poses held in a particular sequence, is a great way to relieve foot and leg pain. When you lose foot and leg strength, it can be hard to move and to balance properly, and yoga can help. As we age, our feet and legs can become inflexible, which can be a source of discomfort and pain. These poses can help you stretch and strengthen your muscles, and you might find they also help relieve other pain and discomfort as well.