RLS: Restless Leg Syndrome Relieved with Yoga

by Norm on April 15, 2013

in Books, Circulation, Eliminations, Energy, Hatha Yoga, Healing, Leg Pain, Pain Reduction, Relaxation, Success Stories, Testimonials, Yoga

I received the following as a “Comment” after my post: How to Stay in Shape with Very Little Effort: Yoga Sun Salutation-VIDEO.
I decided to publish it as a post so that it would be available to more readers.

Hi Norm,
I have Restless Legs Syndrome, also known as Willis-Ekbom disease (WED).

This description is from the rls.org website:“(RLS), is a disruptive neurologic disorder that seriously affects 2-3% of the adult population. WED/RLS results in an irresistible urge to move the legs which is often accompanied by unusual or unpleasant sensations in the legs that may be described as creeping, tugging, or pulling. Because WED/RLS most often occurs in the evening, it can severely disrupt sleep and reduce quality of life.”

My RLS manifests itself in a long movie, concert, plane ride (any time I am unable to move freely) and every night a few hours after I’ve fallen asleep. If I try to ignore it and stay in bed the discomfort gradually becomes more severe until I have to get up and move around. Moving around isn’t enough, the brain-pain connection has to be broken.

Ever since you first posted your video demonstrating your version of a sun salutation I’ve been doing it in the night when my restless legs wake me up. The varied routine of the sun salutation breaks the connection between my brain and legs, and the stretching helps physically. After sitting quietly for a few minutes afterwards I am able to go back to bed and fall asleep.

I still don’t like getting up in the middle of the night but I don’t fight it as much, I just get up and do a sun salutation in the dark, knowing it will help. When I am in a place of dubious cleanliness such as a motel room, I go as far as the eggbeater part. That is enough to bring relief.

Thank you very much,…….Clare

Welcome Clare, You did a very good job of explaining how Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) affects you, and how you have had some relief with this video. Thank you very much. I am sure this will be of help to others.

May I suggest that you practice with this version of the Sun Salutation at other times of the day for even greater benefit.

Also, Yoga ShoulderStand-VIDEO will improve circulation to the legs. If you find this too difficult for you, you can do a modified version with your legs-up-the-wall. There is a link at the end of the video for legs-up-the-wall pose.

I wish you continued success.
Namasté,………Norm

Hi Norm,
I will practice this Sun Salutation at other times during the day, as it’s a mini yoga practice, also Shoulder Stand, but RLS is a neurological condition, it’s not due to poor circulation. Of course, it always helps to improve circulation especially with all of the other benefits from Shoulder Stand.

Hi Clare,

Yes, and improved circulation should mean improved health of the nerves, as well as all of the cells.

Generally improved circulation means better oxygen and nutrition to the cells. What is not often appreciated is the important work of toxin removal that the circulation does, which can be a critical factor in healthy nerve function.

Swami Sri Yukteswarji in his The Holy Science says that all toxins create irritations that make it very difficult for the body to be still.

The healing benefits of the ShoulderStand make it one on the most important poses for all around health.

So much of the benefits of the yoga postures are little understood by modern medicine. The understanding gets even more complicated when we try to describe the effect the glands will have on the nerves in each posture.

Or the yoga saying, “Where the circulation goes, the prana goes. Where the prana goes, the circulation goes.” The yogi masters tell us that it is Prana that ultimately heals. Whatever else seems to work is actually just stimulating the Prana.

Finally, you will have to practice and find out what works for you, as you described in your first comment.

Again, thank you for sharing your experience. I am grateful whenever I can learn something from those I am serving. Let me know if I can be of any further help.
Namasté,……..Norm

 

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