Varicose Veins and Yoga

Over 40 million people in the United States alone suffer from varicose veins. Many people do not realize the correlation between yoga and improving the discomfort of varicose veins. According to the Chicago Vein Institute, if both of your parents suffered from varicose veins, you are more than 90% likely to also suffer from them at some point.

So, what does this have to do with yoga?

Yoga is remarkable because it is known to strengthen the body and improve circulation. While yoga cannot heal varicose veins. It is known to be able to improve the swelling and soreness it creates in your legs. While strenuous exercise can have adverse effects on varicose veins, yoga takes a more delicate approach. Yoga is a low-impact exercise that can stimulate the stretching of different muscles in the body. Yoga is also a type of meditation that can relive stress as well.

So, how exactly does yoga help?

This easy and delicate approach to exercise stimulates stretching and thus increases blood flood. By partaking in the various yoga positions that increase blood flow to the legs, you can reduce the appearance and discomfort of varicose veins. You can also prevent the occurrence of new veins. You can also look for different positionsthat would be most beneficial for someone who suffers from varicose veins.


Varicose vein bruising and paincan be overwhelming, but by sticking to a weekly yoga regimen you can find comfort in eliminating your varicose vein discomfort. Let’s take a look at some of the many yoga positions that you can do at home. These positions can help rid you of those pesky and painful varicose veins.

  • Elevated Legs Up the Wall Pose– This pose is easy to do at home and can be extremely helpful with varicose vein pain. This pose elevates the legs and ensure proper circulation. This pose is great for beginners and can be perfected in the privacy of your home.
  • The shoulder stand– This pose is also great for beginners and can improve varicose veins when participating in it for just 5 minutes a day.
  • The corpse pose– This is a great pose because it keeps the heart and the body at the same level, allowing perfect circulation to the legs.


It’s also helpful to look online and find more information and to watch videoson how to practice these easy poses.

Beating Varicose Veins

Beating varicose veins is a challenge and surgeries can be expensive. Yoga offers an alternative to painful and expensive procedures that may or may not work.

Varicose veins do not just affect older women. Men and women of child-bearing age can also fall victim to varicose vein pain. It is important that while partaking in yoga that you stick to a schedule and remain active to ensure that you are maintaining adequate blood flow throughout the body. Pairing low impact exercise with a healthy diet can be a benefit to not only the health and improvement of varicose veins but also for an individual’s self-confidence, self-healing and for reducing stress.

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