5 Yoga Moves to Improve Circulation
Caring for your circulation might not be the sexiest to-do item on your health list but it’s an important factor considering whole-body fitness. Without proper circulation the body can suffer from swelling (especially in the lower extremities) as well as stiff muscles and joints, lack of energy and a dangerous deficiency of oxygen to and from the heart.
Yep, kind of important.
One of the best and most low-impact ways to improve circulation is by practicing yoga. Whether you’re a beginner or warrior-pose master, these yoga moves will help increase circulation throughout your entire body, helping you feel energized and even help with weight loss.
LEGS IN AIR
This move uses gravity to stretch out muscles and force blood to work its way back to the heart.
Begin by lifting your bended knees either up against a wall or with the help of a block (see photo). Using your core, straighten the legs up toward the ceiling and press your pelvis and shoulders into the mat. Once stable, flex your feet by pulling your toes towards your face. Hold this pose for 10 breaths.
Circulation is important not only for getting the blood going but also to aid processes such as digestion. This pose helps both circulation and digestion as well as waking up the internal organs.
Start with your feet and legs together and begin to drop your waist as if you were sitting in a chair. Bring palms to your chest and twist your spine to bring your right elbow to your left bent knee. Hold for 10 breaths.
This pose strengthens the core and improves posture, a key component in proper circulation.
Stand up straight and tall as if a string were pulling your spine upwards. Bring your hands into prayer position and hold for 10 breaths. Be sure to engage your core during this move for optimal benefits.
By opening up the chest and challenging the legs, this pose increases circulation and blood flow in both the upper and lower parts of the body.
Begin this pose by standing with your feet three feet apart, one foot pointing straight ahead (12 o’clock) and the other slightly to the left (10 o’clock). Form your arms into a ‘T’ position, and bring one hand to your foot while lengthening the spine and opening the chest. After 10 breaths, rotate the body back into a straight position and repeat on the other side.
ne of our personal favorites, the plow pose is excellent for increasing circulation in your pituitary glands as well as thyroid and adrenal glands. Plus, it feels amazing! This is a slightly more advanced pose so take it slow if you’re a beginner.
Start by lying on your back with your arms against your sides and slowly bring your legs straight into the air. Press your palms into the mat and bring your legs straight behind you until they touch the floor (if they can). For added support, clasp your hands together and roll the shoulder blades in towards each other.
Photos courtesy of Shape.com, Yahoo and Care2.com.