A cat nap seems like a beautiful idea when you are energy-deprived. Just imagine . . . curling up on your couch with a cozy blanket, maybe even with your cat. Sounds delightful, no? It sounds great to us! But we are too busy to take a nap, and truthfully it's hard to wake up once you take a midday snooze. Instead, we have another idea for you to try.
To get an effective energy boost, we want you to put your legs up on a wall. Yes, we are serious!
The Legs Up The Wall Pose
If you are a practicing yogi, then you will know all about legs up the wall pose, otherwise known as Viparita Karani in Sanskrit, which means “inverted action.” If you have no idea what this yoga pose is, don’t worry, it’s exactly what it sounds like . . . you put your legs up on the wall!
This yoga pose is great for alleviating stress and pressure of the lower body whether you are standing or sitting down all day. You see, elevating your legs allows for excess-fluid drainage and increases circulation, helping to bring blood back to the heart. This will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized. Just how exercise increases circulation and amps up your energy levels, so too will this restorative yoga pose. The best part is that you can just lay there and passively reap all of the benefits! Sounds pretty great right?
How It’s Done
To properly get into the legs up the wall pose, find a wall and lay your back on the ground, while you rest your legs vertically up the wall. Try to keep your hips slightly farther out from the wall so as not to have your legs at a full 90-degree angle (this can actually impede circulation). Once you are in this position, close your eyes and relax for 10-15 minutes. You will instantly feel the blood circulating from your legs to your heart. Slowly walk your legs down the wall and make your way to a standing position. Take a big inhale & exhale and go conquer the rest of your day!
No Need For The After Lunch Coffee
Life is crazy, which is why it’s important to take the time to recharge your batteries when you feel an energy slump hit. Instead of reaching for the caffeine, try this yoga pose instead. We want to see you recharge your batteries so take a picture of yourself with your legs up the wall and tag @Chefsoraya on Instagram!