Get a leg(s) up!
Today I wanted to share one of my 'deserted island' poses. If I had to pick just a handful of poses to take with me on a far-flung island, viparita karani, or legs up the wall, would be one of them. Viparita Karani translates as 'inverted lake' pose. Insert quizzical look here? Yeah, yoga pose names are like that, aren't they? Well I think it's named as such because with our legs upside-down, the blood flows down to the torso and poolsin the pelvis and belly. So with a bit of Sanskrit 101 out of the way, let me explain some key benefits and why I adore this pose:
. Going upside down is cooling, refreshing and lovely for a body that spends its day upright.
. The back is long and completely supported by the floor, allowing tight back muscles to release.
. The head is also supported (scrunch a low pillow or folded blanket under the head) giving the neck a break and the brain permission to hit pause.
. With an eye-pillow on, tired eyes can soften, and relaxationgets the green-light.
. Surrender your legs to the wall, let them be supported, let go.
. Have your eye-pillow, folded blanket within easy reach, so once set up in the pose, you don't have to come out to grab your props.
. Take time to check your alignment so the spine, head and neck are straight.
. Play. What feels good, arms by the side, out to the side, or overhead in a little halo?
. It can take a couple of goes to get into this pose; laugh, be playful, enjoy!
. Aim to stay at least 3 minutes. It takes this long for the blood to travel down from the feet. 20 minutes gets a gold star.
And yes, you can modify this pose. Try:
. Legs on a chair, with the calves fully supported, resting parallel to the floor on the seat of a chair
. Legs on a stack of cushions. Switch out the chair for a pile of comfy pillows. Sink in!
Wishing you a calm and happy day, Bronni x
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Need a Calm Quickie?
Pause. Down tools. Disconnect.
Now breathe in to a slow, comfortable count of 4. Breathe out: 4-3-2-1. Repeat a few rounds like this til a little calm has set in. Aahhh..
I'm Bronni. I love to lie down. On a mat, perhaps with a blanket and yoga bolster. A 20 minute session can help me go from chaos to calm... These musings are all about finding calm, Restorative Yoga and it's amazing benefits.