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
- 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