Viparita Karani – also known as legs-up-on-the-wall – is a yoga position where you lay on your back and rest your legs against a wall. This pose has been linked with aiding in aging and enhancing blood flow throughout the body.
Performing this pose is very simple – all you do is lay on the floor on a mat or on your bed, lift your legs, and rest them on a wall. Try and get your hips as close to the wall as possible. Essentially, your body should be in an “L” position.
4 Reasons to Perform Viparita Karani Daily
- Resting your legs against the wall can help promote calmness, as this position promotes relaxation and allows you to focus on deep breathing. This helps decrease stress and anxiety.
- This position is ideal to help relieve tired legs. If you stand or sit all day, it allows blood to pool in the legs, which can cause pain and discomfort. This inverted position helps bring that blood back to the heart and relieves the pressure on your legs.
- This position is also ideal to relieve tension in the lower back.
- Staying in the position can help release tension in the pelvis.
Completing this position prior to bed can be a helpful way to de-stress and relax after a busy day all while healing the body by promoting blood flow. Try to stay in this position for at least 10 to 15 minutes for maximum benefits.