Does your work week consist of standing or sitting all day? If so, legs-up-the-wall pose (Viparita Karani) is an essential and highly restorative pose that you can effortlessly work into your at-home yoga practice.
Most importantly, this pose induces the reverse circulation of your blood flow; a vital part of maintaining the various systems in your body. When you stand or sit for long durations of time, your heart is working particularly hard to work against gravity in order to pump a fresh circulation of blood all the way from your toes, back up to your brain. As this cycle occurs while you're going about our day, your heart is working very heard to keep you healthy.
As you come to lay on your back with your legs passively stretched up the wall, you'll feel a rush of blood flow down your legs and flood your entire upper body. Your upper body will surely thank you, as this reverse circulation nourishes all of your organs; giving each of them a well-deserved restoration and rejuvenation, especially your heart! But its true greatness is that it teaches us experientially that positive results can come from doing less, not more. When you relax with your legs up the wall, you are practicing the polar opposite of activity, which is receptivity.
What are some the physical benefits of this pose?:
- Alleviates headaches
- Soothes your nervous system
- Soothes menstrual cramps
- Relieves lower back pain
- Helps regulate your heart rate
- Alleviates stress and anxiety