Legs Up the Wall Pose for Tired Parents

As a new parent, you often hear the phrase "Sleep when your baby sleeps." It sounds great in theory and I wish it worked all the way through parenthood. But the reality is that parents don't have a lot of time for sleep. By the time a child is finally down for a nap,  mom/dad/caregiver is often times running around taking care of everything except themselves.


Legs up the wall (or viparita karani) is a great way to restore yourself in a short amount of time. Doing this for a few minutes will make your body/mind feel like it's gotten an hour nap. Sign me up! 



  • Find a wall
  • Bring the side of your hip up against the wall
  • Swing your legs up
  • Lie your head and back down to the ground
  • Keep your butt as close to the wall as comfortable
  • Straighten your legs but release any tension in the muscles
  • Relax 
  • Hang out for 5-15 minutes
  • Come out by bending your knees, coming to your side in fetal position and pushing yourself up using your hands



  • Recirculates and regulates your blood pressure
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Helps digestion
  • Relieves tired feet and legs 


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