Massage Therapist Lani-Ann Matsunaga at our Spa Gregorie’s Del Mar location recommends taking part in yoga for achieving a healthy lifestyle. The benefits of yoga exercise are tremendous, including improved flexibility, more strength, better concentration, improved posture, and better breathing, just to name a few.
Lani shares one of her favorite yoga Asanas that helps to lower blood pressure and calm the nervous system – the “Leg-up-the-wall” pose:
Lie on your side with your buttocks close to or against the wall. As you slowly roll over onto your back gently lift one leg at a time and place it against the wall. Once you are on your back, rest the legs against the wall. Stay in this pose for 5-15 minutes as you concentrate on your breathing. To come out of the pose gently bend your knees and roll over on to your side remaining on your side for 10 to 15 breaths.
To get the most benefit from this Yoga Posture, Lani says to make sure that the full length of your back is resting on the floor and your shoulders and neck are relaxed. Not only does this pose assist in lowering blood pressure and alleviating headaches, but it also relieves tired or cramped legs and feet, gently stretches the back legs, front torso, and the back of the neck, reduces mild backache and calms the mind.
Live well, be well, enjoy life, and relax!