The Viparita Karani is a mild inversion that is also called the Inverted Lake Pose. It will slow down the aging process on your body, and it will also give your body lots of health benefits.
There are some Hindu scriptures that state that this pose will reduce wrinkles but it will also keep your body young. It is a restorative pose that will allow your blood to circulate to every part of your body.
There are numerous variations to this pose, and we suggest that you try the following ones:
Legs straight up the wall
You need to lie on your back, with your bum against the wall, with your legs raised straight up the wall, hip distance apart.
You can support your bum with a pillow, especially if you are pregnant. The soles of your feet need to be facing in an upward direction toward the ceiling, and you should place your arms beside you, in order to maintain balance.
The amount of stiffness in your hips will determine how close to the wall your legs are. Ideally, they will be touching the wall, but remember that if you cannot do that, it will take some time before you get there.
Legs in a wide V
In order to perform this pose, you need to do all the things that we mentioned in the previous exercise, but instead of keeping your feet hip distance apart, you need to spread them into a wide V formation.
This will enable you to experience a deeper stretch in your groin area while being gentle at the same time.
Sole together version
You need to turn your knees outward and put the soles of your feet together. Your legs need to be pressed against the wall. It is a stretch that is very intense, but it allows you to experience the deepest groin stretch.
Benefits of these exercises
- They reduce inflammation and improve the blood flow
The Viparita Karani pose, and its variations will boost your circulation and blood flow, particularly after sitting or standing for extended periods of time. It will reduce swellings, especially swelling in your feet, calves, and ankles.
- They reduce lower back pain and improve hamstring mobility
These poses stretch the hamstrings, which often times become shortened because of sitting on a desk, in front of a computer screen all day, causing pain in the lower back area.
If you perform this pose, you will relieve pain, improve hamstring mobility and relieve the pressure on your lower back.
- Stimulates relaxation and reduces stress
Viparita Karani is a pose that will relax your body and mind, and it will make you feel much better because it will stimulate your nervous system.