All about Asanas – Viparita Karani

I wanted to start this little feed, cause I constantly keep telling my students about my favorite asanas, but I never feel that I have enough time to really share why they are my favs, what are the benefits and what are the proper alignments for home practice.

I wanted to start this series with one of my all time faves – Viparita Karani – Legs up the wall – pose. It’s without a doubt one of the easiest poses that you can do where ever. It’s calming and nourishing. It’s soothing and grounding. It is a pose for soul searching and renewal.

Do you feel like you are always “doing” and never have time to “hit the brakes”? Do you feel like you are always tired and your motivation is down to zero? Do you feel like you are stuck on “fight or flight” mode?

When the world gets to overwhelming and feel like loosing faith, its time to pick up this pose – my ultimate survival method. Viparita Karani really gets the fluids moving and purifies me. Not only physically, but it also cleanses out the nasty poison like stress, fatigue and anxiety from your mind.

Inverting the legs has been known as a extremely beneficial way to relieve tension from legs, hips and mind. It is like vitamin C as it helps to keep your immunity strong by stimulating the blood and lymph circulation.

This is the pose that I turn to when the world is getting too hectic and I cannot keep up anymore. This is what I do when my body needs yoga, but I just don’t seem to have the energy to fold forward and backward on my mat after a long day. When my feet feel swollen and heavy, my back is hurting… I get my feet up, and have a mini holiday.

And when it comes to holidays, this is my “must do” pose after a long flight to get those lymphatic fluids cleansing me from bacteria and virus. When I feel jet-lagged this is my “go to” pose for sleeplessness, restless legs, venous drainage and poor digestion.

So how to do this pose, one might wonder…

If “Get y’all legs up the wall mate” might seem a bit to “bogan” for you, then here’s a lead:

  1. Begin by finding a space near a wall.
  2. Lower your back on the floor, move your hips closer and bring your legs up the wall. ( Make sure your legs are above your hips).
  3. You can use a bolster or pillow under your hips for extra elevation. or you might want to use pillow under your head.
  4. Try to relax your whole body, keep your eyes closed and breathe deeply through your nostrils. Slowly start to lengthen your inhalations and exhalations.
  5. Stay in this pose for 10-15 minutes. Maybe put your favorite meditation song on.

Even though this is a gentle and very restorative pose, avoid practicing it if you have high blood pressure or if you are menstruating.

Yours in yoga