There’s a general consensus among modern yogis that Viparita Karani or Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose may have the power to cure whatever ails you. (Yoga Journal)
In Sanskrit Viparita means ‘upside down’ and karani means ‘doing’.
It helps to:
- Regulate blood pressure.
- Treat cardiac disorders.
- Treat stress-related headaches, including migraines.
- Gives relief from swollen feet.
- Relieve nausea.
This is an inversion and as such should be avoided if you have serious eye problems such as glaucoma.
Busting the Myths
This is actually a restorative and relaxing asana, but the final pose is quite difficult for beginners and those with stiff backs. Read on for some practice pointers.
- You can do this asana with your legs on a chair, or even on your bed!
- It’s a little unwieldy to get the buttocks close to the wall to get the legs up, but there is a technique (see video).
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