If you have varicose veins, you’ve likely heard or read about numerous home remedies and medical treatments that can help reduce the discomfort and unsightly appearance of these veins. But most people are unaware of the fact that certain yoga poses can also help improve the appearance of varicose veins and play a huge role in preventing the condition from worsening.
Wondering how this is possible? To put it simply, yoga – especially poses that involve elevating the legs – helps ease the pressure placed on your lower limbs. Relieving this pressure not only helps alleviate the pain that many people with varicose veins experience, it helps prevent these veins from growing more severe both in appearance and sensation.
Here are step-by-step instructions to help you perform some of the many yoga poses we recommend to patients living with varicose veins. And don’t worry, you don’t have to be a yoga expert to master these simple poses!
Tadasana (AKA Mountain Pose)
- Stand tall and straight with your feet slightly apart, allow your hands to hang at the sides of your body.
- Tighten your thigh muscles, trying your best not to tighten your lower abdominal muscles.
- Tighten the inner arches of your ankles, look up and breathe deeply.
- Hold the pose for a few seconds then release; you should feel the stretch throughout your body as you hold the pose.
Navasana (AKA Boat Pose)
- Sit erect on the ground with your back straightened, legs outstretched and parallel in front of you with feet pointing upwards.
- Press your buttocks onto the floor and keep your head straight.
- Flex your feet and press down on your heels.
- Place your palms alongside your hips on the floor to help support your spine and relax your shoulders.
- Slowly lift your legs off the ground and, once you feel evenly balanced, lift your hands off the floor and stretch them straight out in front of you. This should make a ‘V’ shape with your upper and lower body.
- Breathe deeply, hold the pose and release.
Viparita Karani (AKA Legs Up the Wall)
- Sit down in front of a wall and slowly raise your legs up the wall.
- Slowly lie down and stretch your arms out to the sides with your palms facing upward (toward the ceiling).
- Once you feel relaxed and comfortable, close your eyes and breathe deeply.
- Hold the pose for a few minutes, release and repeat if you wish.
- You might find this pose more comfortable if you place a thin pillow underneath your lower back and buttocks, especially if you’re lying on hardwood or tile floors.
Pawanmuktasana (AKA Wind Relieving Pose)
- Lie on the floor with your back flat on the ground.
- Lift and fold your knees into your chest and hug them.
- Slowly raise your head off the floor and place your nose between your knees.
- Breathe deeply, hold for a few seconds and release.
Just as with any other type of physical exercise, we strongly encourage you to consult your primary care physician or one of our experienced vein doctors prior to trying these yoga poses to ensure your health and safety. One added bonus of implementing these exercises sooner rather than later is that you’ll stay healthy and active over the holiday season, which we all know can be a struggle when it comes to sticking to diet and exercise routines.
For more great yoga poses or to schedule an appointment to learn more about the array of safe, effective vein treatments we offer at The Vein Doctor Medical Group, contact us today! To learn more about the condition overall, check out our blog Varicose and Spider Veins: What Are They and How Do They Affect People?