Legs-Up-The-Wall pose is actually considered a restorative pose, but it is a modification to a shoulder stand as well. With the assistance from the wall to hold the legs up it give you an easier time in the inverted state, and also allows the core to relax more in this pose. I really like to use this as a relaxation technique since it is more comfortable for me then just laying on the floor. Since I have extremely low blood pressure, it helps my body to move any stuck or stagnant fluids that may build up there. It is possible to do this without the wall support, but I have found that my hip flexors tier quickly from this, which makes doing this pose without the wall extremely tiresome, difficult and unsustainable. For me, getting the wall support in this pose is very helpful.
1. Start by laying down on your side with your buttocks on the wall and leg resting on the floor.
2. Once your buttocks is touching the wall, roll over onto your back bringing your legs around above you resting on the wall.
3. Allow your neck to relax and shoulders soften.
4. If you feel comfortable here and want to increase the inversion, bend your knees lifting your buttocks and back. Place your hands on your low back for additional support.
5. Another option is to move away from the wall and hold your legs up without the wall.
It reduces edema in the legs and feet
Therapeutic for arthritis, headaches, high blood pressure, low blood pressure and insomnia
It relieves tired leg muscles and gently stretches the hamstrings, legs and lower back
Relieves tired or cramped feet and legs
It is super calming for the nervous system
Relieves lower back pain
It helps quiet the mind and eases anxiety and stress