Our bodies are supported by our legs and our feet, and more often than not, we tend to over-exercise them. A long day at work or even at home can be hard on your legs and feet, making them feel tired and sore. However, incorporating these seven yoga exercises into your workout can help to soothe tired legs, realign your body and calm your mind.
1) Child’s Pose
Also known as Balasana, the child’s pose helps to lengthen the spine and stretches the shoulders, lower back, hips, thighs and ankles.
2) Hero’s Pose
Also known as Virasana, the hero’s pose helps to stretch the hips, thighs, ankles and feet.
Byline: Virasana improves digestion, reduces swelling in the legs caused due to pregnancy and provides relief from the symptoms of menopause.
3) Reclined Pigeon Pose
Also known as figure four or Supta kapotasana, the reclined pigeon pose increases the motion in the femur and the hip.
Byline: Supta kapotasana increases blood flow to the pelvic area, improves digestion and opens the hips.
4) Happy Baby Pose
Also known as Ananda Balasana, the happy baby pose helps stretch the inner groin area and lower back, opens the hips, and lengthens the spine thereby relieving stress.
Byline: Ananda Balasana calms the mind and is known to bean instant mood-lifter.
5) Supine Butterfly
Also known as reclined butterfly or as a variation of the Supta Baddha Konasana, the supine butterfly pose stretches the inner thighs and hips, groin area and the knees, thereby relieving tired knees and thighs.
Byline: Supta Baddha Konasana provides symptomatic relief from depression, stress, menopause, and menstruation.
6) Leg-up-the-Wall Pose
Also known as Viparita karani, legs-up-the-wall pose gently stretches the front torso, back of the neck and hamstrings. It relieves tension and relaxes both the lower back and the pelvic area.
Byline: Viparita karani calms the mind and improves symptoms of mild depression, urinary disorders, varicose veins, menstrual cramps, menopause, and migraine.
7) Straddle Legs
Byline: This variation of the Upavistha konasana improves circulation in the pelvic area thus being extremely helpful for a variety of menstrual and gynecological problems
See how to do all these yoga exercises in the video below-
Even if you are unable to incorporate these poses into your daily workout, practice them at the end of a tiring day to help your legs and feet relax!