Yoga Poses for Varicose Veins

Sitting for long hours or frequently walking in high heels can make you prone to varicose veins. Moreover, obesity or frequent hormonal fluctuations can do the same.

In addition, the symptoms are visible large, swollen veins under the discolored skin. Usually, these look like bluish veins and can be painful also. The varicose veins are quite common in women than men. In addition, the condition developed during pregnancy.

Due to irregular blood supply to the heart, a varicose vein can cause long-term health complications. Fret not! The condition can be alleviated with yoga therapy.

9 Yoga Poses That Can Help Cure Varicose Veins

  1. Tadasana
  2. Uttansana
  3. Navasana
  4. Matsyasana
  5. Viparti Karini
  6. Pawanmukstasana
  7. Sarvangasana
  8. Balasana
  9. Malasana

1. Tadasana

Tada- Mountain, Sana- Pose. This is the basic yoga asana from which other asanas emerge. This yoga pose can be practiced at any time of the day. This yoga asana helps you maintain a proper body posture. While all your muscles work rigorously to maintain the posture, the stress in your limbs is released. Your knees, thighs, and ankles become stronger with regular practice of this asana. In addition to improving balance, the digestive, nervous and respiratory systems are regulated.

Steps to do this asana-

  • Stand erect, place your feet slightly apart with your hands alongside your body
  • Firm your thigh muscles but do not harden the lower part of the abdomen
  • Strengthen the inner circles of your ankles and feel the energy pass from your feet, coming up to the head
  • Look up and breathe
  • Hold the pose for a few seconds and then release it

2. Uttansana

Uttanasana poses foR VARICOSE VEINS

Ut-Powerful, Tan-To stretch, Asana-posture. In this asana, the head is below the heart which allows for blood circulation in the head instead of the feet, giving the cells a rush of energizing oxygen. It increases blood circulation to the calves and legs which is the main part where varicose veins are likely to develop.

Apart from varicose veins, this posture is also known to cure high blood pressure, asthma, infertility, sinusitis, and osteoporosis. 

Steps to do this asana-

  • Strand straight and rest your hands on your hips
  • Exhale and bend forward from the hips by gently softening your knees
  • You must counterbalance the weight of the body
  • Let your hands rest on the ground and your chest float over your feet
  • Feel the fold and the stretch from your hip bone
  • Leave your head to dangle so that the crown touches the ground
  • Hold the pose while looking through your legs
  • To release, inhale and place your hands on the hips and rise slowly

3. Navasana

Navasana yoga for varicose veins

Nav- Boat, Asana- Pose. In this posture, both the arms and the legs and the body need to be fully extended in an acute, boat-like ‘V’.  The practice of this asana helps to keep your legs elevated which prevents pooling of blood in the blood vessels, especially in the legs. The pressure is instantly reduced and the few seconds of suspension builds strength and allows us to fight the pain. In addition to preventing varicose veins, this also makes the spine, hip flexors, and abdomen stronger. 

4. Matsyasana 

Matsyasana pose

Matsya- Fish, Asana- pose. It is considered as one of the best yoga postures for varicose veins treatment. The posture stretches your feet and legs and helps to get relief from stress and cramps. The blood flow is regulated throughout the body and the legs are relaxed. This asana is highly recommended by yoga experts as this is known to improve body posture. This also makes the upper back and the back of the neck stronger.

Steps to do this asana-

  • Start by lying flat on your back
  • Make sure your legs are together and your hands are placed comfortably beside your body
  • Place your palms under the hips such that the palms are facing the ground
  • Cross your legs in such a way that your thighs and knees are placed flat on the floor
  • Lift your chest along with your head while breathing in
  • Hold the position until you are comfortable only
  • Release the position by exhaling and lifting your head first and then dropping your chest to the ground

5. Viparti Karini

Vipariti- Inverted, Karini- doing.  This pose is done to circulate blood throughout the body including the lower region. Hence, the symptoms of varicose veins can be relieved through this asana. This pose also has anti-aging effects such as preventing wrinkles in old age.

Steps to do this asana-

  • Start by exhaling and lying on your back
  • Make sure the back of your legs are pressed against the wall and that the sole of the feet faces upwards
  • Take support by placing the hips a little away from the hip or pressing them against the wall
  • Rest your head or back comfortably by placing the body at a 90-degree angle
  • Use your hands to support the hips in such a way that a curve is formed
  • Don’t move your head or neck unnecessarily
  • Close your eyes and just breath
  • Before releasing on any side, make sure to breathe

6. Pawanmukstasana

Pawanamukta- Wind relieving, Asana- pose. This asana relieves excess gas from the intestines and stomach. This pose also helps to release muscle tension in the blood vessels by improving blood circulation. In addition to all these, it also strengthens abdominal muscles and internal organs of the digestive system. It aids in burning fat in the thighs, buttocks and abdominal area. It strengthens as well as muscles of the arms and legs.

Steps to do this asana-

  • Lie flat on your back on a smooth surface with your feet together and keeping your hands beside your body
  • As you exhale, bring your knees towards your chest
  • Press your thighs on the chest
  • Clasp your hands around the legs
  • Hold the asana while you breathe normally
  • Exhale and release the pose after you roll from side to side about three to five times

7. Sarvangasana 

Sar- All, Anga- limbs, Asana- pose. Simply known as all limb pose, this is also known as a shoulder stand as the weight of the body rests on the shoulders. This improves blood circulation throughout the body including the lower region. It stimulates the glands and abdominal organs thereby improving metabolism and digestion. The hip, as well as legs, are toned. This pose has also reduced fatigue and insomnia. This pose cures sinusitis, asthma or infertility. 

Steps to do this asana-

  • Start by lying flat on your back, keep your legs together and your arms by your side
  • Lift your legs, buttocks, back such that your elbows support your lower body and you stand on your shoulders
  • Straighten your spine and legs
  • Your bodyweight should lie on your shoulders and upper arms
  • Firm up your legs and point your toes out
  • Release by lowering your knees and bringing your hands to the floor

8. Balasana

Bala- Child, Asana- pose.  Known to help reduce stress and anxiety, this asana helps to massage and flex the internal organs, keeping them active and supple. This asana is also known to promote blood circulation in the entire body. This prevents blood stagnation by regulating it throughout the body. This also calms the mind by encouraging the right way of breathing. Your tendons, muscles, ligaments in the knee are also stretched thoroughly. 

Steps to do this asana-

  • Start by kneeling on the floor
  • As you sit on your heels, touch your big toes
  • Spread your knees hip-width apart while you inhale
  • Bend your torso and lay it between your thighs while you exhale
  • Stretch the tailbone away from the back of the baby
  • Lift the based of your head slightly away from the back of the neck
  • Stretch your arms forward and place them in front of you
  • Release the fronts of your shoulder to the floor
  • Stay like this as long as you want
  • Release by first stretching the front torso while you breathe in

9. Malasana

Mala- Garland, Asana- pose. This is one of the simplest poses to cure varicose veins. It’s just a squat. Not only the pose works on your spine, buttocks, hips but also contracts the abdomen enhancing the metabolism of the digestive tract. It improves the posture as well as tones your belly. In addition to all the above benefits, the posture has proven to increase the flexibility in your ankles and knees. 

Steps to do this asana- 

  • Begin by standing on the mat
  • Spread your thighs wider than your torso
  • Start squatting by keeping the feet supported on the ground
  • Keep exhaling while you squat such that your torso fits in between your thighs
  • Join your hands in a Namaste and press the elbows against the inner thighs
  • Keep squatting until your shins fit into the armpits
  • Hold the pose for few seconds
  • Finish by inhaling and releasing

How does Yoga help to cure Varicose veins?

The walls of our blood vessels usually are comprised of smooth muscles and connective tissues. These blood vessels pump blood and nutrients to all the parts of our body, including the limbs. In the legs, it takes extra effort to push up blood towards the heart as this works against gravity. When these veins become incompetent, they are unable to pump blood back to the heart. Excess blood starts to pool inside the veins causing them to swell, giving rise to varicose veins. In severe cases, the blood can clot also which can travel from vessels to the brain, causing a stroke. 

Yoga alleviates the pain caused by pressure. The recommended poses for varicose veins are usually legged elevation poses. These poses help the accumulated blood to drain into the heart, thereby, easing out the pressure. All in one, the condition can be improved and limb movement is enhanced. 


If you practice these poses diligently for over a couple of weeks, then you may not even have to consider something as serious as surgery. You will be seeing amazing results if you practice these asanas with patience and commitment. Believing that your condition will improve also helps. But in some cases, if it’s too late already and you are not seeing any positive results, then it’s time you look for other treatment options such as laser-based procedures. Visit the Pristyn Care Laser Clinic to know more about this varicose veins advanced treatment option.

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