Movement is key to wellness on many levels, including for circulatory health. Yoga is not only one of the most accessible types of exercise, but it’s also one of the best types of exercise for poor circulation. And more importantly, it is low impact and can be done by people at all levels.
The yoga poses I want to show below will be a great addition to your self-care and wellness routine. This is especially true if you have poor blood circulation, no matter what their cause or physical manifestation in your body.
1. Downward-Facing Dog
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Start on all fours.
While you exhale, press firmly into your hands as you lift your hips into the air, straightening your arms and legs.
Breathe normally but deeply as you press into each finger and press your heels toward the floor.
Let your neck relax.
Stay here for three long, deep breaths.
2. Warrior II
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From Downward-Facing Dog, look between your hands and step your right foot as close as you can get it to between your hands.
Turn your left foot so that the outside of it runs parallel to the back edge of the mat.
Inhale deeply, and as you exhale, cartwheel your hands as you stand.
This way you are creating a “T” with your arms.
Hold this pose and breathe in and out deeply and slowly at least 5 times.
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Begin by repeating the steps to get into Warrior II.
Instead of settling into Warrior II, inhale as you straighten your front leg and keep your arms aligned over your legs, in that “T.”
As you exhale, tip your torso over your right leg from your hip.
Rest your right hand on your foot, ankle, or shin.
Press into your feet and engage your leg muscles as you keep your chest open to the side, breathing deeply.
After at least three deep breaths, lift your torso and switch to the other side.
4. Legs up the wall
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For this pose, move your mat up against a wall.
Sit parallel to the wall.
Then, lie down with your feet on the ground, knees bent.
Pivot on your lower back, lifting your feet and gently swinging your torso so it intersects the wall.
Extend your legs up the wall.
Rest your arms next to you, palms up. You can stay here as long as you like.
5. Raise your legs
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Lie on your back.
Keep your hands by your side and keep your feet together.
Now, while exhaling gently arch your back slightly and bend your head backwards.
Next, while keeping your palms firmly on the floor, gently lift your feet, while keeping them together, into the air to a 500 angle.
Breathe normally and hold this pose for five breaths.
Then, as you exhale, slowly lower your legs to rest on the floor.
Do this five times while holding your legs in the air for increasing periods of time.
6. Shoulder Stand
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Lie on your back on your mat and relax with your arms and hands at your sides.
Face your palms downward.
Inhale and hold your breath while tightening your abdominal muscles and stiffening your legs.
Press downward against the floor and using the palms of your hands as a lever, slowly lift your legs off the floor while exhaling.
Keep your knees straight.
Take at least 5 seconds to smoothly raise your legs straight up in the air until they are almost perpendicular to the floor.
Place both hands against the kidney region of your back and brace yourself with it.
Raise both legs together until your entire body is vertical with your elbows.
Hold the pose motionless for 15-20 seconds.