Varicose veins might result from experiencing hormonal fluctuations, sitting for long hours, or walking in high heels. These veins are swollen and are clearly skin visible under the skin. Yoga can help in improving the condition.
1. Boat Pose
How to Do:
- Sit with the knees bent in front of the chest and keep your feet flat on the floor.
- Place hands behind the knees and sit tall.
- Now let go of the palms and keep the arms parallel to the floor while your palms are facing up.
- Straighten the legs and make a V with the legs and torso.
- Stay for 5 breaths and move back to position.
Number of Repetitions: Do this 2-3 thrice for 5 breaths.
How it Helps: Pools of blood will flow upward and this is good for weak veins. You will also gain some core strength.
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2. Standing Forward Bend
How to Do:
- Stand in mountain pose with the feet parallel and it should be hip-distance apart.
- Keep the hands on the hips and inhale for reaching the head up towards the ceiling.
- On exhaling, hinge at hips and fold the legs forward. Allow the torso to stick against the leg.
- Shift the body weight forward, a little into the feet balls.
- Now come out the pose slowly.
Number of Repetitions: Do this 3-4 times holding the position for 30 seconds.
How it Helps: This improves blood circulation across the body and gives a good stretch to the legs, particularly in the calves and thighs which can be prone to varicose veins.
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3. Legs Up the Wall Pose
How to Do:
- Face away from the wall and come on knees and hands. Keep the shins parallel and toes touching the wall.
- Take the left arms from the gap between the right leg and right arm and roll onto the left side. Pivot your hips and come down for support while the legs sweep up the wall.
- When you are comfortable to allow the arms to fall open while the palms face towards the ceiling. Feel femurs drop deeply into the hip sockets.
- Remain in the position for 3 to 15 minutes.
- Slowly come back to the initial position.
Number of Repetition: Do this 2-3 times holding it for 3-15 minutes.
How it Helps: Fatigued legs will be able to benefit from it. It flushes toxins and improves blood circulation. It releases pressure and stress in the legs which is great for varicose veins.
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4. Supported Shoulder Stand
How to Do:
- Lie on your back and keep the arms by your side. Bend the knees while placing the knees on the floor.
- Exhale to press the upper up onto the floor while you lift the lower back and the feet away from the floor. Draw the thigh towards the chest.
- Bend the elbows and place the hand on the low back. Draw the shoulder blades and the elbows close to one another.
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- Spread the palms across the back body and keep lifting the hips till they are over the shoulder. Make the spine should be perpendicular to the floor.
- Keep the elbows about a shoulder distance apart.
- Inhale and extend the bend knees for straightening the legs. Lengthen the tailbone towards the ceiling as you extend from the leg’s inner edges.
- Relax the throat, face, and jaw. Keep your shoulder blades firm and move the sternum towards the chin.
- Maintain the pose for 5-15 breaths and come out of the pose.
Number of Repetitions: Do this twice for 5-15 breaths.
How it Helps: The blood circulation gets enhances and is quite relaxing for the legs. It provides defense against varicose veins.
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5. Wind Relieving Pose
How to Do:
- Lie on your back and keep the arms and legs extended.
- Exhale and draw both the knees to the chest while clasping the hands around them.
- Hold the right knee and release the left leg. Extend this along the floor. Maintain the pose for a minute.
- Repeat it with the other leg and finally draw both your knees to the chest.
- Exhale and bring both the legs on the floor and rest.
Number of Repetitions: Repeat this entire process for 10 times.
How it Helps: It relieves fatigue and cramps from the legs. Also, it loosens the joints and muscles in the knees and hips.
Even though yoga cant treats varicose vein, it can manage them. It is beneficial for the vein health and can take the pressure off the veins.