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10 Yoga Poses to Improve Circulation

shoulder stand

9. shoulder stand

One word of caution: if you have not done shoulder stand before and you are pregnant, you don’t want to start now when your balance is a little bit iffy. Practice legs up the wall pose instead. You don’t want to lie on your back for too long when you are pregnant, so limit shoulder stand or legs up the wall to 10 deep breaths to avoid putting too much pressure on your vena cava.

To begin shoulder stand, lie on your back, then bring your feet close to your buttock, feet on the floor. Use your core strength to lift your feet and your butt off of the floor, so your legs are pointing to the sky and allow your chin to tuck into your chest. Do not turn your head in this posture, because you could hurt your neck. Just gaze at your navel  and engage your abdomen. Use your hands to support your lower back in the posture, which you can stay in for as long as is comfortable, up to 5 minutes.

savasana

10. savasana

Every yoga practice should end with savasana. If you are pregnant, modify this posture by laying on your side rather than on your back. You can also put a small cushion between your knees to help make you more comfortable. If you can, lay on your back, with your feet slightly apart and your arms by your sides.

In either postition, focus on relaxing your body, beginning with your feet and working your way up to your face and the top of your head. Think about letting go of tension in each extremity, in your buttocks and groin, and in your abdomen. Relax here and breathe for as long as you like. You may even fall asleep, and that’s fine!

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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

2:14AM PDT on Jun 2, 2015

cheers

5:52AM PDT on Mar 21, 2015

Thanks

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 http://www.howtoimprovecirculation.com/ :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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