Yoga For Varicose Veins Lesson Plan Bundle

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Yoga for varicose veins

Lesson Plan Title 
Yoga for varicose veins: discover the human body’s ability to self-heal

30 to 90 minute classes

Beginner to advanced

The Reason Why I Created These Lesson Plans
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.

Below are 3 “yoga lesson plans for varicose veins” that you can download for FREE…

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 the student(s).

The short version is perfect for taking into class with you. It’s short and sweet.

Free Download Part 1 of 3
Yoga For Varicose Veins Lesson Plan 1 – Inverted Poses 

Yoga For Varicose Veins Lesson Plan: Long Version (Inverted Poses)

Yoga For Varicose Veins Lesson Plan: Short Version (Inverted Poses)

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Yoga For Varicose Veins Lesson Plan 2 – Raised Leg Poses 

Yoga For Varicose Veins Lesson Plan: Long Version (Raised Leg Poses)

Yoga For Varicose Veins Lesson Plan: Short Version (Raised Leg Poses)

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Yoga For Varicose Veins Lesson Plan 3 – Headstand Poses 

Yoga For Varicose Veins Lesson Plan: Long Version (Headstand Poses)

Yoga For Varicose Veins Lesson Plan: Short Version (Headstand Poses)

Free Yoga For Varicose Veins Class Handout
Downward Facing Dog helps boast circulation and start the self-healing process

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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 fiber fruits (apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries)
  • High fiber Vegetables such as split peas, lentils, black Beans, lima Beans and artichokes
  • Dark-coloured vegetables (are high in fiber)

“Can Yoga treat varicose veins?”

Yes. 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, pilates, zumba, 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 Child 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).

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Ashtanga Yoga

Supta Padangusthasana A

All the Ashtanga Primary Series poses are included in the Planner including: 

  • Surya Namaskar A poses
  • Surya Namaskar B poses
  • Padangusthasana
  • Pada Hastasana
  • Trikonasana
  • Parivritta Trikonasana
  • Utthita Parsvakonasana
  • Parivritta Parsvakonasana
  • Prasarita Padottanasana
  • Parsvottonasana
  • Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
  • Ardha Baddha Padma Uttanasana
  • Utkatasana
  • Virabhadrasana I
  • Virabhadrasana II
  • Dandasana
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana
  • Trianga Mukaikapada Paschimottanasana
  • Janu Sirsasana
  • Marichyasana
  • Paripurna Navasana
  • Adho Mukha Vrksasana
  • Bhujapidasana
  • Kurmasana
  • Supta Kurmasana
  • Garbha Pindasana
  • Kukkutasana
  • Baddha Konasana
  • Upavista Konasana
  • Supta Konasana
  • Supta Padangustasana
  • Ubhaya Padangustasana
  • Urdvha Mukha Paschimottanasana
  • Setu Bandhasana
  • Urdvha Dhanurasana
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Savasana
  • Salamba Sarvangasana
  • Halasana
  • Karnapidasana
  • Urdvha Padmasana
  • Pindasana in Sarvangasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Uttana Padasana
  • Sirsasana
  • Balasana
  • Baddha Padmasana
  • Yogimudrasana
  • Padmasana
  • Tolasana
  • Savasana


Bandhas Include: 

  • Chin Lock (dynamic)
  • Chin Lock (passive)
  • Root Lock
  • Upward Abdominal Lock
Bolster Yoga

Bolster Yoga

Bolster Yoga Poses Include: 

  • Bike Ride
  • Bolster Chat
  • Bolster Creation
  • Bound Angle
  • Bound Angle (strap)
  • Bridge 1
  • Bridge 2
  • Bridge 3
  • Child
  • Easy Pose
  • Fish 1-6
  • Hero
  • Knee To Chest
  • Leg Lift
  • Legs Up
  • Legs Up Wall
  • Pigeon 1-3
  • And many more!
Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga Poses Include: 

  • Ab Breath
  • Ankle Curl
  • Arm Circles
  • Arm Lift
  • Arm Stretch
  • Arms Out
  • Arms Up
  • Backbend
  • Big Toe Hold
  • Bow
  • Breathwork
  • Bridge
  • Calf Raise
  • Centering
  • Chest Opener
  • Clam
  • Desk Posture
  • Down Dog
  • Flying Crane
  • Forward Bend
  • Grounding
  • Half Fold
  • Ham Lift
  • And many more!
Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga Poses Include: 

  • Anjal Crown Chakra
  • Body Drops
  • Jnana Energy Focus
  • Lotus Arm Stretches
  • Neck Rolls
  • Ong Namo Guru Dev Name
  • Sat Nam 3rd Eye
  • Sat Nam Heart Chakra
  • See Saw Breath
  • And many more!
Laugher Yoga

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga Games Include: 

  • Alien
  • Association
  • Ball Throw
  • Balloons
  • Clap Focus
  • Count To 20
  • Credit Card
  • Filleting
  • Freeze
  • Greetings
  • Ha
  • Halloween Monster
  • Heart Circle
  • Hello
  • High Fives
  • And many more!


Mantras Include: 

  • Aham Brahma Asmi
  • Aham Premal
  • Ang Sang Wahl
  • Cosmic
  • Gayatri
  • Jat Paahaaraa
  • Lord Shiva
  • Mahamrityunjay
  • Mangalam
  • Moola
  • Namaste
  • Om
  • Om Aim Hrim
  • Om Dum Durgayei
  • Om Gum Ganapateyie
  • And many more!
15 yoga categories


The Xtras category include for want of a better word, "extras" that make lesson planning that little bit easier. For example there is a X2 icon that you can use if you want to repeat the pose or sequence twice, there are breathe in and out icons, there are Sun Salutations A, B & C icons. There are lots more time saving icons.



Meditations Include: 

  • Awareness Of Your Gifts
  • Blue Force Field
  • Caged Bird
  • Celtic Seer
  • Crying Child
  • Destiny
  • Empty Cup
  • Follow Your Path
  • Golden Birds
  • Karmic Laws
  • Lao Tzu
  • Little Actions
  • Mandala
  • Mandala Talk
  • Mind Massage
  • And many more!


Mudras Include: 

  • Aakash
  • Adhi
  • Anjali
  • Apan Vayu
  • Apana
  • Asthma
  • Atmanjali
  • Bhairav
  • Bhramara
  • Bodhisattva
  • Brahma
  • Bronchial
  • Chin
  • Dhamachakra
  • Dhyani
  • Figa
  • Ganesha
  • Garuda
  • Gyan
  • Hakini
  • And many more!
Partner Yoga

Partner Yoga

Partner Yoga Include: 

  • Boat
  • Bow
  • Bridge
  • Camel
  • Child
  • Cobra
  • Confidence
  • Dead Bug
  • Downward Facing Dog 1
  • Downward Facing Dog 2
  • Engage Core
  • Hamstring Stretch
  • Knee To Chest
  • Lunge
  • Lying Twist
  • Plank
  • And many more!


Pranayama Exercises Include: 

  • Abdominal Breath
  • Alternate Nose Breath
  • Alternate Nose & Ujjayi Breath
  • Bellows Breath
  • Breath Counting
  • Breath Of Joy
  • Compassion Breath
  • Complete Breath
  • Dolphin Breath
  • Extended Exhale
  • Fire Breath
  • Humming Bee Breath
  • And many more!
Relaxation Exercises

Relaxation Exercises

Relaxation Exercises Include: 

  • Blue Bubble
  • Breathe In Positive
  • Counting Down
  • Dolphin
  • Glass Of Water
  • Palming
  • Pavlov
  • Peace Room
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Savasana 1-3
  • And many more!
Seated & Floor Poses

Seated Yoga

Seated & Floor Poses Include: 

  • Ankle Rotation
  • Archer
  • Bananasana
  • Bharadajasana Twist
  • Boat
  • Bound Angle
  • Bow
  • Bridge
  • Bridge Wall
  • Bridge Block
  • Butterfly
  • Butterfly Twist
  • Camel 1-4
  • Cat
  • Cat Pulling Tail
  • Child 1-2
  • Cobra 1-4
  • Confidence
  • Cow 1-3
  • Cow Face 1-3
  • Cradle Baby
  • And many more!
Standing Poses

Standing Poses

Standing Poses Include: 

  • Bird Of Paradise
  • Bound Extended Side Angle
  • Bound Triangle
  • Chair 1-3
  • Crescent Lunge
  • Crescent Moon
  • Dancer 1-2
  • Dolphin
  • Downward Facing Dog 1-8
  • Eagle
  • Extended Hand To Big Toe 1-2
  • Extended Side Angle 1-3
  • Extended Triangle
  • Fig Tree
  • Figure Four
  • Five Pointed Star
  • Forward Bend
  • Goddess 1-6
  • Half Moon Bound Revolved
  • Half Moon Bow
  • Half Splits
  • And many more!

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