Legs Up The Wall Pose Yoga: Viparita Karani

Viparita Karani: The Legs Up The Wall Pose

Viparita Karani (vip-par-ee-tah car-AHN-ee) is a gentle restorative pose. This inverted pose can ease busy mind chatter while relieving uncomfortable symptoms like tension and cramps. You may enjoy practicing this pose with a block, folded blanket, or pillow.

Sanskrit:

  • Viparita: reversed/inverted
  • Karani: doing/action
  • Asana: pose

Physical Benefits:

  • Can offer relief from symptoms of arthritis, headaches, low blood pressure, and insomnia.
  • Eases symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and menopause.
  • Relieves tired feet and legs.
  • Gently stretches the hamstrings and legs.
  • Can relieve discomfort in the lower back.

Energetic Benefits

  • Calms the mind.
  • Eases symptoms of anxiety and stress.

Preparatory Poses:

Sequential Poses:

  • Shoulder stand on the wall
  • Dragonfly on the wall
  • Figure four on the wall

Counter Poses:

  • Savasana

Adjustments/Modifications:

  • Place a pillow, bolster, or folded blanket under your hips to release the hamstrings and low back.
  • Gently lower your feet out to the sides so your legs make a wide “V” shape for dragonfly on the wall.
  • Place a rolled up blanket under your neck for additional support.
  • Loop a strap around your thighs to allow the legs to relax more deeply.

Step-By-Step:

  1. Begin seated beside an open wall, with your hip and shoulder against the wall.
  2. Gently lower your torso down to the ground as your legs lift up against the wall.
  3. Option to wiggle closer to or further away from the wall to your comfort level.
  4. Option to place a block, pillow, or folded blanket under your hips to release any discomfort in the low back or hamstrings.
  5. Allow your head to rest on the ground or a pillow and place your arms wherever they are most comfortable.
  6. Stay anywhere from one to 15 minutes.
  7. To release, push the bottoms of your feet into the wall and lift your hips slightly. If using a support, move the support out of the way. Gently roll to one side and stay for a few breaths before returning to your seat.

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