legs up the wall pose

by Peg Trehey, Licensed Esthetician & Yoga Instructor

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inevitably experiencing some level of stress or anxiety. There are many psychological benefits of this pose, and I practice it when stressed, anxious, feeling out of balance or just plain tired. Viparita Karina, in yoga sanskrit means “inverted action”, or most commonly known as Legs-Up-The-Wall pose, is a restorative posture and aids in repose and contentment. As the nervous system is soothed, the mind is relaxed.

When the legs are stretched up the wall and are higher than your heart, gravity can help the circulation of both blood and lymphatic fluid. This pose is usually practiced towards the end of a yoga class, however, it can be beneficial on its own too. After I am upside down for a few minutes, I feel calmer, my mind feels clearer and I am more productive with the rest of my day. “It’s true greatness is positive results come from doing less”, says Cyndi Lee, author, artist and yoga teacher.

Although Legs-Up-The-Wall pose is safe for most individuals, it’s always best to consult your medical professional first.

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