Viparita Karani, or Legs up the Wall Pose

Published on February 26, 2013 by in Yoga Poses

Jamie Carroll’s favorite Restorative Yoga Pose:

“Viparita Karani, or Legs up the Wall”

legs up the wall pose

Sit down next to a free wall, hips sideways.

Turn around and use arms to recline onto floor as you hoist hips, legs and feet to rest against the wall. (hips/buttocks touching wall).

Back is flat on floor; or you may elevate hips evenly with a bolster or pillow unless you are menstruating.

Blanket may support head; sandbag resting over feet may provide a sense of grounding.

Soften eyes, close eyes or cover with an eye pillow.

Observe your breath, perhaps with a hand resting over heart center and a hand resting over naval center.

Arms could extend overhead for a nice shoulder opener and stretch.

** This pose is very beneficial for recovery from all types of physical activity; this pose regulates our endocrine system providing hormonal balance.  Practiced between 10-11:00 pm in the evening relieves Insomnia and helps to re-circulate oxygenated blood through-out the body.

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