Legs Up The Wall Pose is also known as Viparita Karani or Inverted Lake Pose. It is one of the simplest poses that virtually anyone can perform at home easily. Viparita Karani gives us amazing health benefits.
The Sanskrit name Viparita Karani comes from the Sanskrit words such as “Viparita” which means “reversed” or "inverted" and another word “Karani” meaning "doing." Viparita Karani has become quite popular because of its ability to alleviate the pain and tightness and also calm the mind and eliminate or reduce anxiety.
Variations of Viparita Karani
Variation 1# Legs Straight Up The Wall
Variation 2# Legs in a Wide “V”
Variation 3# Soles Together
Health Benefits of Viparita Karani
- Increases Blood Flow and Reduces Inflammation. It increases blood circulation and flow, especially after a whole day of sedentary desk work. It alleviates inflammation as well, especially inflammation in the ankles and feet.
- Improves Hamstring Mobility and Alleviates Lower Back Pain. Viparita Karani pose stretches out your hamstrings, which usually become shortened as a result of sedentary life style, like sitting large number of hours per day which causes lower back pain.
- Alleviates Stress and Provides Relaxation. It reduces pain and increases blood flow, also relaxes you physically and mentally. Nervous system stimulation makes you more relaxed. Hence, it also induces a very sound sleep.
One should mandatorily consult their physician before starting any yoga, exercise or making any changes to their current fitness regimen.