February - Legs Up The Wall Pose
V I P A R I T A K A R A N I
viparita – inverted karani – action
This gentle restorative pose is perfect at the end of a long day or after a run. Its a relaxing inversion that speeds recovery by draining fluids from the legs, stretching the hamstrings, and relieving tired legs and feet. Using a bolster/cushion under your hips can make this pose even more restful. If you’re stiffer, the support should be lower and placed farther from the wall; if you’re more flexible, use a higher support that is closer to the wall.
- Alleviates nervous exhaustion
- Regulates blood pressure
- Helps stress-related headaches and migraines
- Brings relief to palpitations, breathlessness and asthma
- Alleviates arthritis pain
- Relieves indigestion, diarrhea, and nausea
- Prevents varicose veins
Sitting sideways against the wall will make it easier to lay back and bring your legs up. If you are stiffer, you can be further away, with the just heels resting on the wall.