Viparita Karani is a pose where you lay on your back with your legs up against a wall. It is super easy to pull off, and it has incredible benefits for your body when done on a daily basis.
The pose is a favorite among athletes, dancers, and runners because it is excellent for reducing pain and tightness in the legs. Plus, it is a great way to calm your mind and minimize anxiety after a strenuous workout. This is a benefit that will last your whole day and can ultimately affect your mood.
Another reason it is beneficial to put your legs up against the wall every day is that it will help lower your stress level. People who get stressed out easily or always seem to be dealing with high levels of stress will love this. Viparita Karani, if done at the end of each day, will restore your energy as well as give both your mind and body a sense of calmness.
Lying with your legs up against the wall will increase your blood flow and circulation, which is crucial for those who sit all day long. If you have any swelling in your feet, ankles, or calves this pose will get rid of it almost instantly.
The pose is also excellent stretching move for your hamstrings, which can get shortened by sitting too much and eventually cause you lower back pain. As a bonus, if you have lower back pain, doing this poses daily will help get rid of that too.
Finally, by doing the Viparita Karani every day, you will stimulate the nervous system that will bring you to a more relaxed state. One of the best benefits of being more relaxed is inducing sleep and getting a more solid night of rest.
There are three variations of the pose. The first one simply lay on a mat and place your legs hip with apart on the wall. Next is the V version where you spread your legs to make a V formation on the wall. Last but not least is soles together, where you turn your knees out and place the soles of your feet together.
Whatever way you choose to do it, try the Viparita Karani pose daily for one week, and you will instantly feel the benefits.