These yoga exercises help if you suffer from varicose veins

There are various causes for varicose veins. Age, family ailment, obesity or pregnancy are known culprits. If the blood pressure in the veins in certain places becomes higher than the pressure at which the blood flows back to the heart, too much blood enters the legs. The veins in the legs stretch too much; The result of this is that the valves in the legs no longer close. The final result: varicose veins. There are various treatment methods for varicose veins, including surgical ones. Instead of undergoing a major and irreversible operation to remove your varicose veins, you can relieve your complaints through yoga exercises. In the case of early varicose veins, yoga exercises can slow down or stop the worsening of the condition of the veins.


  • Take action on time
  • Before you start
  • Yoga exercises if you suffer from varicose veins
  • Finally

Take action on time

Tired legs, heavy feet or leg cramps can be signs of the development of varicose veins. Now is the time to start strengthening the veins in your legs. You do this by moving; walking and cycling are good. An exercise you can do a few times a day that will get the blood flowing from your legs back to your heart is “air cycling.”

This exercise works as follows: Lie on the floor with your legs raised. Now make large circles with your legs relaxed, as if you were cycling. Do this several times a day for at least 30 seconds each time. Make it easy on yourself and choose fixed moments to be reminded. For example: in your bed as soon as you wake up, when you get home from work and get changed, just before you go to bed.

Before you start

  • It is nice if you have a (yoga) mat.
  • Before your yoga exercises, do air cycling for 30 seconds. Then you immediately warm up a bit.
  • Remember to perform the exercises calmly; don’t force anything and practice at your own level.
  • Modify an exercise if it is too difficult for you.

Yoga exercises if you suffer from varicose veins

Seated angle pose / Source: Joseph RENGER, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

Upavisata konasana (Seated Angle Pose)
(The pose in the picture is for the very advanced yoga practitioner. Beginners should not bend toward the floor, but simply sit upright.)

  1. Sit with your back straight against a wall;
  2. Sit on your sit bones and place your palms with your fingers facing forward next to your hips on the floor;
  3. Exhale and spread your legs as far apart as possible, with toes pointing up;
  4. Use your hands to spread your legs a little further;
  5. Place your hands behind your buttocks on the floor.

Hold this position for 30 minutes.

Sitting with the soles of the feet together / Source: Nicholas T, Flickr (CC BY-2.0)

Baddhakonasana (sitting with the soles of the feet together)

  1. Sit on a flat cushion;
  2. Bend your knees and place the soles of your feet together;
  3. Place wooden blocks under your knees if you are a little stiff;
  4. Pull your heels a little closer to you;
  5. Push your knees down;
  6. If necessary, you can place your hands on the floor behind your buttocks and lift your chest up.

Setubandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)

  1. Lie with your legs raised, your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart;
  2. Inhale and lift your hips in one motion;
  3. Place your arms under your body and interlace them;
  4. Place your shoulder blades under your shoulders and slide them toward each other.

Hold this position for several inhales and exhales.

Dog looking down / Source: Joseph RENGER, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

Adhomukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

  1. Kneel on your hands and knees;
  2. Place your hands under your shoulders and spread your fingers;
  3. Place your knees under your hips; keep your back straight;
  4. Inhale and push your hips up;
  5. Move your heels towards the floor;
  6. Bend your knees if your hamstrings are tight.

Continue to breathe in and out calmly.


Because the above exercises put the leg muscles to work vigorously (but in a controlled manner), they are extremely suitable to do if you suffer from varicose veins. Especially if you stand a lot during the day, it is nice to end your daily yoga practice session lying with your legs up against a wall, because this allows the blood to flow back from your legs to your heart.

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