If you have ever suffered from restless leg syndrome you will know just how annoying this condition is. I am fortunate to have only had this condition a few times during my pregnancies and that short time was enough for me. I have known people to have it on and off and often for long periods of time. It’s so annoying and you feel as though you can never get comfortable not matter how much you stretch your legs in bed or toss and turn half the night. When you’re not sleeping, stress levels can skyrocket. Yoga to the rescue. Simple yoga stretches may help ease your condition.
Medications for RLS, although effective for some, are not for everyone. I prefer to seek out natural remedies for any health issue and I have been very successful so far. The side effects of these drugs often create issues of their own, especially when you consider the added financial burden of taking medications regularly as well as dealing with how the side effects are impacting your daily life.
Just 5-20 minutes of daily yoga or exercise may help to avoid any symptoms. Here are my top 4 pose to help with RLS, do these every day and preferably before bed. Be sure to choose a calm quiet place, really focus on your breathing and use a lavender essential oil to really add to this experience.
Legs Up The Wall Pose
Lie on your back with your legs extended up against the wall at a 90-degree angle. Stay in the position for 5 to 20 minutes to ease restless legs syndrome. I like to move my feet (like jiggle them to get the blood moving down).
Forward Fold Pose
Sitting with feet extended straight in front of you, lengthen your spine and fold forward from the hips. Grasp your feet with your hands or wrap a belt around your feet and hold. Bend and support knees with blankets as needed to allow the spine to be lengthened. Hold for 5-10 breaths.
Standing Forward Fold Or Rag Doll Pose
Standing with feet hip distance apart, bend forward at the hips while keeping knees soft and lengthening the spine as you fold forward. Your can grab your elbows and frame your face between your crossed arms for rag doll. The idea of this pose is to stretch the back of the legs while letting the spine traction with gravity. This is a pose to be practiced any time of day or night. I do this pose throughout the day many times. It’s one of my favourites. Hold the stretch for about 5 to 10 breaths.
Kneel down and sit on your heels, folding your torso forward while keeping your arms at your sides. Rest your forehead on the floor, using some rolled blankets if you need extra support. Place a bolster between your knees and place piled blankets on the floor beneath you to support your trunk and head if you need it. Rest here for five to 20 minutes and breathe deeply. This yoga pose can help to decrease anxiety too.