Get MindfulAnxiety Legs Up Wall Pose

Anxiety: Legs Up The Wall Pose

26 February 2024

Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose is a restorative yoga posture that offers a wealth of benefits, making it a great choice for those wishing to lessen anxiety or worry.

This passive inverted pose helps you melt into the floor as you let go of stress, anxiety, and tension. It’s a lovely one to do before bed, as it can relax us and ready us for sleep.


Avoid if

Avoid inversion such as this if you have any concerns with blood coming to the head. Or if you have medical conditions such as glaucoma, hypertension, or hernia.

Many schools of yoga recommend that you avoid inversions during menstruation, especially on heavy flow days.


To give it a try

This is a really simple, accessible yet useful yoga pose. You may place a cushion or folded blanket under your hips. Using a higher support requires more flexibility, as does placing your hips closer to the wall. Adjust accordingly to find your sweet spot. Bend your knees as much as you like. If it feels more natural for you - use a sofa so the legs bend at 90 degrees and the lower legs can rest on the sofa. You may use a cushion or folded blanket under your head and neck.

While you are practicing, feel free to close your eyes and draw your attention inward. In yoga, this practice is called pratyahara.



  1. Sit with your side against the wall, with bent knees and your feet drawn in toward your hips.
  2. Swing your legs up against the wall as you turn to lie flat on your back. 
  3. Place your hips against the wall or slightly away.
  4. Place your arms in any comfortable position.
  5. Stay in this position for however long feels right for you for a maximum of 20 minutes.
  6. To release the pose, gently push yourself away from the wall.
  7. Relax for a few moments.
  8. Draw your knees into your chest and roll onto your side.
  9. Rest for a few moments before slowly moving into an upright position.


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