Yoga to get your blood pumping: 8 poses to improve your circulation



Tingly fingers and numb toes? We have a circulation-boosting flow to get your blood moving smoothly through the body.


It’s all about the blood today, on World Blood Donor Day. If you’re one of the many people who donate life-saving blood on a regular basis, I take my hat off to you. I donate regularly, but I didn’t fully understand the importance of it until my uncle developed a life-threatening blood disease. He now needs transfusions on a weekly basis, which means that multiple people are contributing, every single week, to the maintenance of his life. And for that, I’m profoundly grateful.


Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body. Every squeeze of the heart nourishes us, while all the bad stuff like carbon dioxide is removed. If your blood flow isn’t working as it should – if you have poor circulation – you might spot some of the following symptoms:

  • Tingling or pins and needles, particularly in your extremities

  • Cramps in your muscles after activity

  • Cold hands and feet

  • A pale blue colour to your legs (particularly prominent on fair-skin)

  • Cuts and sores are slow to heal


How can yoga help with circulation?


1. Movement!


On a very basic level, yoga asana, or poses, get your blood pumping. The combination of asana with pranayama, breathing techniques, is the dream partnership for increasing oxygen intake and getting it moving around the body.


2. Twists


Most yoga classes will incorporate twisting postures, which are fantastic for activating the circulation. The beauty of a twist is that there are so many possibilities whether you’re a yoga beginner or a confident expert – reclined, lunging, seated and more!


3. Inversions


If you’ve ever had swollen ankles, have you been advised to elevate your feet? Or put them all the way up the wall? If so, you’ll have seen the benefits of inversions, of which yoga has many variations. Inversion poses are essentially postures which mean that your head is lower than your heart, which stimulates blood flow – both the de-oxygenated blood going back to your heart, and the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain. It doesn’t just mean headstands, although if they are in your practice then by all means let it flow!


8 yoga poses to help improve your circulation


The following sequence of easy yoga poses concentrates on helping improve your circulation, getting that blood flowing more smoothly and easily around the body. It’s also just a lovely flow to set you up right for the day, so try it in the morning for an instant energy boost! We’ve listed the poses out so that you can refer back to them, but watch our video (below) for a guided practice.

  1. Standing forward fold

  2. Downward-facing dog

  3. Warrior II

  4. Triangle

  5. Wide-legged fold

  6. Seated twist

  7. Seated forward fold

  8. Legs up the wall





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Carmel Hendry


Carmel is a travel professional and lover of literature and Latin America. In her day job at a tour operator she whisks people away to far off destinations, while in her spare time she moonlights as a freelance copywriter. You can find her portfolio here https://carmelhendry.journoportfolio.com. While not writing, or dreaming about travel, she can be found playing the piano, cycling or practising yoga. She’s spent the last year learning how to do a headstand, but mostly can be found relaxing in child’s pose! Join her and the Frog Project Community with 15 days of free unlimited classes. It’s just yoga.




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