Yoga Poses That Help Hand Circulation

Yoga Poses That Help Hand Circulation

Posted on 05/28/2019


Blood circulation is a crucial body function. It forms part of the cardiovascular system, which consists of the heart and all of the blood vessels that run throughout the body. When we breathe, oxygenated blood is transported around our body to our cells, organs, and tissues so that we can function day in day out. If you experience poor circulation, it can have a number of effects on your health and wellbeing some of which can be extremely serious. It is most common to experience poor circulation in the limb extremities. When your hands (and feet) are affected by poor circulation, you could experience symptoms including numbness, coldness, muscle cramps and carpal tunnel. Painful, stiff hands that are difficult to move are also a common problem for patients who have poor circulation.

While exercise is one of the simplest ways to improve your blood’s ability to circulate through your body including your hands, many people who experience poor circulation struggle with activities that require intense physical exertion. However, there is a very suitable and alternative – yoga.

Yoga has been shown to be a highly effective way of increasing circulation throughout the body and there are some specific poses that increase blood flow specifically to the body’s extremities, including the hands. If you are new to yoga, we recommend that you obtain the advice of an instructor before attempting any of the poses listed below.

Viparita Karani

Often referred to as the ‘legs up the wall’ pose, this is a fairly simple way to elevate your legs and body so that blood is forced down towards your head. The muscles in your hands become relaxed which enables greater blood flow to them. Essentially you are laying on your back with your legs against the wall, perpendicular to the floor.


Also known as ‘the headstand’ or ‘the topsy turvy’ pose, sirshasana is an inverted pose that may take a little while to master but is very beneficial for improving circulation to the extremities. You should only attempt this pose with assistance the first few times until you get the hang of it. You can also practice against a wall for better support. 


More commonly known as the ‘ragdoll pose’, this is a basic standing forward bend yoga posture that stretches the lower back but also sees the hands pointing downwards, opening and relaxing which facilitates better blood flow and improved circulation.


Every yoga pose should end with savasana, a pose that is not challenging in any way but that allows your body to completely relax, opening up energy channels and allowing blood to circulate more freely as stress pours out of you. You lay on your back with your legs slightly apart and your arms by your side. You then focus on relaxing each element of your body, beginning with your feet and working your way up, thinking about letting go of tension in each area and remembering your breathing. Take as long as you need!



If you are concerned about your hand circulation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced and professional team who will be happy to answer any questions you have or arrange for you to visit us for an assessment.




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