The veins just beneath your skin are dilated and elongated, potentially leading to fatigue, pain, and muscle cramps, if you have varicose veins. Varicose veins are common with individuals who stand on their feet for long periods of time, and those in pregnancy or menstruation.
Some yoga poses can bring relief, as per B.K.S. Iyengar. But, as with any new exercise program, always consult your doctor first.
Yoga Poses for Varicose Veins:
1. BOAT POSE (Naukasana)
The leg elevation factor of the boat pose is great for taking pressure off your veins.
By lifting your legs up, and then holding your legs there, you are helping the pools of blood to flow upwards, which is perfect for your weakened veins.
Also, you will gain some serious strength in your core using this pose.
2. FISH POSE (Matsyasana)
Fish pose is one of the best yoga poses for the treatment of varicose veins. It works on many systems collectively. It stretches your legs, feet, relieves cramps and stress. Your legs are relaxed, and blood flow into your body is regulated.
1. Lie on your back, then cross your legs in the Padmasana. Also, you could keep your legs stretched out while practicing this pose.
2. Curve your back gently, such that your head rests on your crown. Then feel the curve in your neck and upper back.
3. Hold for a few seconds, then release.
3. LEGS UP THE WALL
This is a very simple pose, but, yet another great way to elevate your legs, which will give your legs some serious relief.
By resting your legs on the wall, you will be increasing your blood circulation, while also flushing out toxins in your body.
Also, you will be taking some stress out of your legs, therefore, reducing the pressure that is being put on your varicose veins.
4. MOUNTAIN POSE
Mountain pose is likely the first yoga pose you learned, or you will be learning if you are new to the practice, and is essential in aligning your body.
Though it seems very basic and simple, mountain pose helps to keep your legs toned, and also strengthening your knees and your thighs. By forcing your body to keep this posture for a bit, you are relieving your arms and legs of stress, and therefore, pressure on your veins.
5. SUPPORTED SHOULDER STAND (Sarvangasana)
The shoulder stand is known as a full body inversion, where your body works against gravity. The blood circulation in your body is enhanced, and the pools of blood and lymph drain into the heart.
Also, this asana is very relaxing for your legs. In summary, this works very well in defense against varicose veins.
1. Lie down in the Shavasana.
2. Lift your legs up, while you support your hips using your palms.
3. Shift the body weight on your shoulders, then lift your upper body too. While your head and upper back remains on the floor.
4. Hold for a few seconds.
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