Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose) is a Sanskrit term that refers to the ‘action of inverting’. Thus it is more of a general action rather than an asana and hence the name does not end with ‘asana’. Viparita Karani is an inversion under the category of shoulder stand poses, but is easier to hold for extended periods of time. It is also considered as a restorative pose and hence releases tension in the body and mind.
Viparita Karani can be done after the practice of the following poses to relax the legs:
- Halasana (Plough Pose)
- Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
- Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana)
Legs Up The Wall Pose is considered a base pose as legs up the wall pose variations can be derived from this pose. Legs Up The Wall Pose uses props to make the pose accessible and easier for students who may not have the needed strength, flexibility or balance to do the same pose without props. Legs Up The Wall Pose is considered a warm-up yoga pose to prepare the body for more intense yoga poses / yoga flows.
Benefits and Contraindications
Relieves tired or cramped legs and feet
Gently stretches the back legs, front torso, and the back of the neck
Calms the mind
Photo poses in different angles
Frequently Asked Questions
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