While at a holiday party, the question came up–“what’s the best pose for golfers?”
The best pose for anything is legs up the wall, an easy pose with multiple benefits….this mild inversion is known for a wide range of health benefits as well as its anti-aging effects. Old Hindu scriptures claim that legs up the wall, also known in Sanskrit as Viparita Karani hides wrinkles in addition to banishing old age and death.
The restorative nature of this posture gets blood flowing to parts of the body that need it, making it good for most any ailment including arthritis, high or low blood pressure, respiratory ailments, and menopause. Lie on the floor near a wall and practice deep, steady breathing. Scoot yourself as close to the wall as possible placing your left side towards the wall. Exhale and swing your legs up onto the wall so that your heels and sitting bones are supported against it. If you have any discomfort in your lower back, adjust your body slightly back from the wall so that your sitting bones are not touching it. Rest your head on the mat or floor, keeping your spine straight, and keep a slight bend in your knees a little so your kneecaps won’t lock. Try to keep your toes together to imprint the spine and low back towards the floor activating your core. Lie in comfort, eyes closed, breathe, relax, try for about 3-5 minutes.
Not just for golfers, this easy pose is great and accessible for all. Namaste~