Legs Up the Wall is a restorative pose that offers a wealth of benefits for both the mind and body due to its physiological effects on the circulatory, nervous, and lymphatic systems.⁣


1) Circulatory System:

When we elevate our legs above the heart level in the Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose, we create a temporary reversal of blood flow.

This counterintuitive action actually promotes better circulation in the upper body, including the head, neck, and torso.

This reversal helps reduce swelling and fatigue in the legs, particularly for those who stand or sit for extended periods.


2) Nervous System:

The Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, often referred to as the "rest and digest" response.

This branch of the nervous system is responsible for inducing a state of deep relaxation, counteracting the stress hormones released by the sympathetic

nervous system.

As we settle into the pose, our muscles soften, our breathing deepens, and our minds become calmer, effectively combating stress and anxiety.


3) Lymphatic System:

The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in our immune system, transporting toxins and waste products away from cells and tissues.

Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose promotes lymphatic drainage, particularly in the legs, by elevating them above the heart.

This elevation facilitates the movement of

lymphatic fluid, aiding in the removal of toxins and strengthening our immune defenses.


Try this pose during your next sauna, though be sure to slowly make your way back to a seat to prevent dizziness.