Yoga For Varicose Veins Lesson Plan
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The free “Yoga For Varicose Veins Lesson Plan” (see below) was created by George Watts using the Yoga Genie Lesson Planner.
The long version has everything you need to practice the lesson plan before getting to class. You can take it to class with you (but you may prefer to take the short version). The long version is a great handout to give to your students, especially your one-to-one students. It immediately shows your professionalism, and increases your expertise in the eyes of your students.
Lesson Plan Overview
Yoga for varicose veins
Yoga for varicose veins: discover the human body’s ability to self-heal
30 to 90 minutes
An estimated 30% to 60% of adults have varicose veins or spider veins. That means probably 1 out 2 people in your yoga classes suffer from it. If you’ve never given a yoga class with a varicose veins theme, now you know why it’ll be a hit with your students.
Even the students who don’t have varicose veins will enjoy these lesson plans.
Before practicing yoga with varicose veins, ask your students to get clearance from their doctor. They will need to ask if they have any blood clots that may be dislodged. Once they get the all clear, all asanas are beneficial for varicose veins because they boast circulation.
To prevent varicose veins from getting worse, and to reduce the symptoms of existing ones, stimulate circulation with inverted poses, raised leg poses and headstands.
Q & A
Below are common questions people with varicose veins may ask you before joining your yoga class, and possible responses you can give…
“What causes varicose veins?”
Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves and veins in your legs. Normally, one-way valves in your veins keep blood flowing from your legs up toward your heart. When these valves do not work properly, blood gathers in your legs, and pressure builds up. The veins become weak, large, and twisted.
“What are the best poses for someone with varicose veins?”
- Raised leg poses
- Inversions (to get the blood moving/circulating)
- Shoulderstand Pose
- Downward Facing Dog Pose
- Plough Pose
- Standing Forward Bend Pose
- Wide Leg Standing Forward Bend Pose
- Boat Pose
- Sun Salutations (or any vinyasa flow sequence)
“What food helps with varicose veins (help maintain vein wall integrity)?”
- Foods high in flavonoid-rich foods such as berries
- High fibre fruits (apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries)
- High fibre Vegetables such as split peas, lentils, black Beans, lima Beans and artichokes
- Dark-coloured vegetables (are high in fibre)
“What non-surgical treatment can I take?”
Non-surgical treatments include sclerotherapy, elastic stockings, leg elevation and exercise.
Here are some quick tips to allow your body to heal itself…
- Get moving (whether it’s a walk, yoga, or anything else)
- Watch what you eat (extra weight puts unneeded pressure on legs)
- Become Vegan (take pressure off veins & help save our Planet)
- Avoid high heels
- Elevate your legs (e.g. Legs Up Wall Pose)
- Elevating the affected leg when resting
- Avoid long periods of sitting or standing
- Don’t sit with your legs crossed
“Can I practice yoga if I have severe varicose veins?”
Before practicing yoga with varicose veins, ask your students to get clearance from your doctor. The student will need to ask if they have any blood clots that may be dislodged. Once they get the all clear, all asanas are beneficial for varicose veins because they boast circulation.
“How long should I practice yoga for?”
If you get the all clear from your doctor, then you can go to a 90 minute yoga class. You can stop during the class at any time you need a rest (e.g. in Legs Up Wall Pose).
“Is meditation good if I have varicose veins?”
Not if you’re planning on sitting cross legged! Meditate with your legs up a wall (Legs Up Wall Pose).