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10 Yoga Poses to Improve Circulation

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10 Yoga Poses to Improve Circulation

Poor circulation can cause all sorts of problems in your body like fluid retention and swelling in the lower extremeties. Often the causes of poor circulation are out of our control, but one way to improve your body’s circulation is with exercise. Check out these yoga poses to help get your heart pumping and your blood flowing!

Swelling is more than a cosmetic concern – it can be very uncomfortable. Exercise can’t always totally cure the effects of poor circulation, but it can definitely help give you some relief.

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For example, my pregnancy is causing some swelling in my feet and ankles, and practicing yoga helps bring that swelling down visibly. I recommend following this up with a warm bath with plenty of epsom salts. You can also try elevating your legs on cushions in the evening, so they are above your heart. Let gravity help you!

Ready to get moving and give the ol’ circulatory system a boost? Check out this sequence of poses! You can do this sequence once as you get acclimated, and once you get more used to the poses, you can do two sets of each posture for added benefit. Don’t push yourself – just listen to your body. If it hurts, don’t do it!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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3:26AM PDT on Jun 6, 2015

Found a great youtube session after googling 'yoga for neck and shoulder pain' 'Hatha yoga for neck and shoulder health', came up and it involves a few of these poses. I was suffering from a frozen shoulder and it has helped a lot. Would recommend watching a pro at work in order to get the poses right. This chap is pretty good

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6:50PM PDT on Nov 1, 2014

Nice postures! I've been my own yoga and martial arts to help out with circulation for some time. If your'e interested in other natural ways to boost circulation, check out :D

7:38AM PDT on Sep 26, 2014

I'm off......

2:36PM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

Just can't get my butt up in the air for that pose but the rest are doable.

4:31AM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

Once again yoga is great for almost anything that ails you. My favorite asana is the shoulder stand.

4:05AM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

Already knew and do some of the positions... will give it a go on the others ;-)

3:34AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Oh, thank you!!

9:16PM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

Thanks for the post.

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