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Gentle Inversion, Profound Healing: Legs up the Wall for Highly Sensitive People

Woman with legs up against the wall and arms out to the sides

In the realm of yoga, simplicity often conceals profound benefits. One such straightforward yet impactful practice is elevating your legs in the air. Let's explore how this uncomplicated inversion can be a game-changer for your overall well-being as a highly sensitive person.


1. Enhances Circulation and Lymphatic Flow:

As highly sensitive souls, we may experience heightened physical sensations. The legs-up-the-wall pose offers a gentle and grounding way to improve circulation. Enhanced blood flow and lymphatic drainage contribute to a more efficient circulatory and immune system, promoting overall well-being for those of us who navigate the world with heightened sensitivity.


2. Alleviates Swelling and Edema:

As HSPs, we often absorb not only emotions of other but also physical sensations, leading to potential discomfort and swelling. This inversion provides relief by encouraging the drainage of excess fluid from the legs and ankles. It becomes a soothing practice for those dealing with conditions such as edema, offering a tangible way to address physical sensations. As a HSP who is now 6 months pregnant, I am putting my feet in the air constantly to help improve swelling and blood flow!


3. Relieves Pressure on the Spine:

In a world where external stimuli can contribute to tension and discomfort, the legs-up-the-wall pose becomes a respite for us highly sensitive people. By decompressing the spine and releasing tension in the lower back, this pose aids in alleviating physical strain caused by prolonged periods of sitting or standing. It becomes a gentle, accessible practice to support spinal health for those attuned to the physical nuances of their bodies.


4. Soothes Tired Muscles:

For highly sensitive individuals engaged in intense mental or physical activities, the legs-up-the-wall pose offers a rejuvenating break. By reducing muscle soreness and fatigue, this inversion becomes a valuable tool for muscle recovery. It provides a mindful pause, allowing us to nurture our bodies and find solace amidst the demands of daily life.


5. Improves Digestion and Respiratory Function:

As highly sensitive people, we experience heightened responses to stress, impacting both our digestive and respiratory functions. The legs-up-the-wall pose, with its gentle compression on the abdomen and expanded chest cavity, becomes a supportive practice for digestion and deep breathing.


6. Calms the Nervous System:

The heightened sensitivity in the nervous system makes practices that induce relaxation especially beneficial. Elevating the legs in this pose triggers the relaxation response, calming the nervous system. For those of us navigating the world with heightened awareness, it becomes a sanctuary—a moment to release tension, foster tranquility, and recharge amidst life's sensory complexities.


Putting your legs up off highly sensitive souls a pathway to holistic well-being. This seemingly simple inversion becomes a mindful practice—a sanctuary where the physical and emotional dimensions harmonize. So, the next time you find yourself in need of restoration, consider the transformative power of kicking your legs up.


Get started today with my 45-minute restorative yoga class, “Kick Your Feet Up” or For a short practice, join my 10-min class, "Legs up the Wall".  Join for FREE with my free class pass, or 7-day free membership trial!


With love & sensitivity,



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