Legs Up - Viparita Karani
Legs up Pose is a restorative one. It's a mild inversion with many benefits as the full headstand, but in a more gentler and supported way. The body is relaxed, with the feet above the heart, allowing the heart to rest. Resting is different than sleep, as it gives the body an opportunity to renew and heal itself with many physical and emotional benefits.
Benefits of Legs Up
This is a milder inversion that has been know to cure any ailment. It's a very gentle pose suitable for beginners, as your legs are supported on a wall. It relieves tired, aching feet, stretches the legs, back and neck and helps relieve backaches. It also allows those unable to perform the full headstand to reap the benefits of inversions. Those with any neck, shoulder, eye or ear injuries can also enjoy the pose.
It's a very gentle pose, a mild inversion and is suitable for all levels of practice, and is even beneficial during pregnancy.
Restorative yoga relaxes the body and mind. It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) which is responsible for keeping the body balanced and bringing all response systems of the body into an equilibrium. It helps to lower your heart rate, blood pressure and stimulates the immune system, keeping it strong and healthy.
It is believed that if your body is not at a balanced state, illness and disease pervades. Therefore resting in legs up pose brings you to a balanced state which can keep you healthy and improve your life.
Practicing legs up on a wall pose will increase your energy levels throughout the day and improve your sleep at night. Too gain the most benefits, hold the pose for at least 3-5 minutes.
Steps for Legs Up
- Bend your legs so that you can move your body into a 90 degree angle with your torso against a wall.
- Relax your arms away from your sides and close your eyes.
- As you inhale, bring in positive thoughts and qualities you desire.
- As you exhale, visualize releasing all tension and anxiety.
- Try to sink your body closer to the floor.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 as long as you wish.
- Slowly come out of this pose.
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