I bring it out at the end of a powerful rejuvenating yoga class: legs up the wall. In Sanskrit it is called Viparita Karani.
And it is just like it sounds. You lie on your back with your sit bones as close to the wall as is comfortable. Then, extend your legs up the wall, so that the backs of your legs are fully resting against it.
There are many, but here are five health benefits of legs up the wall posture.
It’s relieves tired leg muscles.
As your legs rest up the wall, tension is drained from the legs, feet and even hips if you have them elevated on a bolster or block.
It gives you all the benefits of an inversion asana, without the effort.
Inversion yoga poses can help to reverse the effects of gravity on your body, help regulate blood pressure, help move stuck fluids and even help to improve your digestion.
This yoga pose gives you all the benefits of an inversion, while you relax.
It helps to quiet the mind.
If you practice this pose for a period of time, recommended is 10 to 15 minutes, you may be better able to cultivate a quiet mind.
By fully releasing and relaxing your body, focusing on your deep inhalation’s and exhalations, you will evoke a meditative state.
It to rebalances your blood circulation.
This pose gives blood circulation a gentle boost towards the upper body and head, creating a pleasant rebalancing after standing or sitting all day.
Alleviates headaches and boosts energy
Since this pose calms the nervous system and balances unevenness of mood, it is known to reduce headache pain, freeing up energy to be used in more positive ways.