Restless aching legs driving you mad?

Relieve your aching legs in 6 simple poses!

Are your legs twitching or aching and it seems impossible to keep them still???

Man I know exactly how that feels! Try this, I really hope it helps you as much as it helped me!

Remember to breathe slowly and deeply through your nose and if you’re familiar with Ujjayi breathing use that technique. If not read my blog on breathing techniques to calm the mind.

Stay in each pose as long as you feel comfortable to make the sequence as long or as short as you need on any given day. Each pose offers different stages so follow the picture that best suits you today.

Pose . Dog pose/Adho mukha svanasana with a bolster.Resting the forehead onto a bolster regulates the endocrine system, relieves stress and alleviates headaches

Pose 1 . Dog pose/Adho mukha svanasana with a bolster. Gently rest the forehead, above the nose, onto a bolster and do micro circles with your head. This regulates the endocrine system, relieves stress and alleviates headaches.

Option 2. Dog pose/Adho mukha svanasana - unsupported. Draw your heels to the floor and draw your shoulders away from you ears and roll them outwards

Option 2. Dog pose/Adho mukha svanasana – unsupported. Draw your heels to the floor opening the back of the legs. Then draw your shoulders away from your ears lengthening the neck and roll the shoulder blades outwards

Pose 2. Wide Legged Pose/Prasarita Padottanasana - hands to the chair. This stimulates blood flow to the legs and takes the weight of the baby off the pelvis and lower back - Amazing!

Pose 2. Wide Legged Pose/Prasarita Padottanasana Hands to the chair seat, chin in, legs wide, heels to the floor. This stimulates blood flow to the legs and takes the weight of the baby off the pelvis – Amazing!

Resting the head in Wide Legged Pose/Prasarita Padottanasana

Pose 2, option 2 Resting the head. This is great when you’re  low on energy and need to release your legs and back. Remember to draw your shoulders away from your ears and keep your shoulder blades rolling outwards

Pose 3 - Half King Pigeon Pose/Eka Pada Rajakapotasana Stage 1draw one heel at a time to the opposite hip.

Pose 3, Stage 1 – Half King Pigeon Pose/Eka Pada Rajakapotasana. Draw one heel at a time to the front of the opposite hip. Stay upright, draw your shoulders away from your ears and lift your chest opening your heart space

Stage 2 This pose lengthens the mussels around the hips, groin and buttocks and stimulates blood around the pelvic region and the baby.

Pose 3, Stage 2 – Come to the elbows if right for you. All stages of this pose lengthen the mussels around the hips, groin and buttocks and stimulates blood around the pelvic region and the baby. Do both sides.

stage 3 - Stay at the stage that feels most comfortable for you. I found this pose to be AMAZING in relieving sciatica, lower back pain and throbbing in the legs

Pose 3, stage 3 – Release down to the floor. I found all stages of this pose to be AMAZING in relieving sciatica, lower back pain and throbbing in the legs. Stay in the pose, breathing slowly, as long as you feel comfortable.

Head-to-Knee Forward Bend/Janu Sirsasana  Stage 1

Pose 4. Head-to-Knee Forward Bend/Janu Sirsasana
Stage 1 – use a belt around your foot if you cant comfortably reach your toes. Draw your toes back lengthening the back of the leg. Repeat the other side.

Stage 2 Improve the circulation in the legs and pelvic region and relieve aching in the legs and back

Pose 4, Stage 2 -hold your toes
All stages of this pose improve the circulation in the legs and pelvic region relieving aching in the legs and back

Head-to-Knee Forward Bend/Janu Sirsasana  Stage 3

Pose 4, Stage 3 - release your face towards your shin and lengthen the top of your head, as if on a string, toward your toes

Wide Seated Forward Bend/Upavista Konasana Stage 1

Pose 5. Wide Seated Forward Bend/Upavista Konasana Stage 1 – Reach forward to a bolster and stay upright. Remember not to hunch the shoulders up around the ears

Wide Seated Forward Bend/Upavista Konasana - stage 2

Pose 5, Stage 2 – reaching forward to a bolster and releasing the head down between the arms. Draw your shoulders away from your ears and flex your feet

Wide Seated Forward Bend/Upavista Konasana - To the chair seat

Pose 5, Option 3 – Reach forward to a chair seat. Draw your shoulders away from your ears, feet flexed

Sideways Wide Seated Forward Bend/Parsva Upavista Konasana - with a bolster

Pose 6, Stage 1 Sideways Wide Seated Forward Bend/Parsva Upavista Konasana – with a bolster. Lengthen forward to one side and then repeat on the other side.

Sideways Wide Seated Forward Bend/Parsva Upavista Konasana

Pose 6, stage 2 reach your hands to your toes, flex your feet and lengthen your spine drawing the top of your head to your toes.

Hope it helps!