The ancient practice of Yoga is a method for connecting the mind and body and bringing balance to one’s life. The fundamentals include stretching and holding specific poses with the body that bring awareness and open a new range of motion. In addition to improvements in stress levels and physical flexibility, Yoga can also be used to help with varicose veins. Here are 3 poses that could help you manage pain and discomfort that comes along with varicose veins.
Mountain Pose (Tadasan)
This asana is done by standing tall with feet slightly apart and hands by your side. It is the most basic of poses and the foundation for other standing poses done in Yoga. The idea is to feel the body firm and rooted into the earth and the torso elongated and stretching firmly to the sky. As you hold the pose and focus on keeping your body still you will also be relieving pressure points including those in the legs and aggravated veins.
Reclining Big Toe Pose (Supta Padangusthasana)
This pose is done lying on one’s back with the use of a towel you will help keep the position. Slowly guide your knee to your chest and wrap the towel around the arch of your foot. For those who are more advanced or flexible, they may even hook their fingers around the big toe at this point and lengthen and stretch while holding the pose with each long inhale and exhale. In further advanced moves you can also practice lifting the opposite leg from the lying position to strengthen the core or move the belt and stretch the back of your legs for even more relief to varicose veins.
Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
This is one of the most beneficial poses for stretching the areas most affected by varicose veins and is usually recommended to help with any leg pains. Standing tall and straight you will bend your torso forward as you exhale and reach down to the floor in front of you. Pushing that weight into the floor in this position gives the perfect stretch to the lower half of your body and lower legs.
Since Yoga alone will not cure varicose veins, you’ll still need to visit a vein clinic and let a professional and skilled specialists provide care and attention to your vein situation. Contact us for a free vein consultation.