Viparita Karani is the technical name for “Legs Up On The Wall Pose”. Yoga practitioners are prescribing this pose as a cure all for anxiety, headache, stress, and pain. Also called Inverted Lake pose, this simple inversion pose is easy for anyone who can lift their legs up to do. All that is required is that you scoot yourself against a wall as your feet crawl up it. Ideally, you should be like a ninety degree protractor against the wall, with the angle at your hips and midsection. You can leave your arms laying flat by your sides or stretched out in either direction.
The inverted nature of the pose encourages blood flow from the feet to other areas of the body which are in need, including the brain. This pose is especially helpful for people who are on their feet all day or sitting at a desk. Increased blood flow to other parts of the body has significant impact.
Benefits Of The Pose
- Improves digestion
- Relieves back pain
- Relieves headaches
- Reduces symptoms of anxiety
- Creates a sense of calm
- Reduces symptoms of depression
- Reduces symptoms of stress
- Releases swelling from ankles, knees, or feet
- Encourages longevity and health
Taking this simple yet effective inverted pose would be proven pointless for mental health treatment if the time were not spent wisely. Certainly, one could assume the pose and sit in the position using their phones or being distracted with something else. Utilizing mindfulness or meditation during the legs up the wall pose can help emphasize the benefits of anxiety reduction by creating a meditative state of calm in both the brain and the body.
Scan your body for any signs of lower back pain or neck pain. Many people need to be supported in this pose by placing a cushion, towel, or blanket beneath their his and their neck. You should not experience any strain in this pose. Being able to relax fully into the pose is important for gaining all the benefits it has to offer.
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