Legs up on a chair

The legs up on a chair posture improves circulation to your legs, hips, and lower back and has a calming effect on your nervous system. It also helps alleviate symptoms of PMS in women and prostatitis in men.

To enjoy these benefits, do the following:

1. Sit on the floor in a simple cross-legged position facing a sturdy chair and then lean back onto your forearms.

2. Slide your buttocks along the floor toward the chair until they're just under the front edge of the chair seat.

3. While exhaling, lift your feet off the floor and place your heels and calves on the chair seat.

Make sure that the front edge of the seat is close to the backs of your knees.

4. Lie back on the floor with your arms near your sides, palms down or up as shown in Figure 10-1.

5. Stay in Step 4 for 2 to 10 minutes.

This posture is a variation of the classic (traditionally taught) posture of urdhva prasarita padasana (pronounced oord-hvah prah-sah-ree-tah pahd-ah-sah-nah) which means "upward extended foot posture."

Figure 10-1:

The legs up on a chair posture.

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