Yoga Pose of the Week: Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani)

Yoga Pose of the Week: Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani)


This week's pose is Viparita Karani also known as leg up the wall.  It is a beautiful restorative asana (pose) with great benefits. The pose can be found in different yoga practices due to its accessibility. Due to this many do not think of it an inversion, which it is.  It can be done with and without a wall. This week explore using the pose to help you relax after a long day. 




Pose: Viparita Karani (Active Reversal Pose) aka Legs Up the Wall




  1. Sit on a bolster or folded blankets with your left hip against the wall. Bend your knees.
  2. Reach your hands behind your body and lean your torso backward.
  3. Lean back and rest your hands as you swivel your hips and bring your feet up the wall. 
  4. Keep your buttocks close to the wall and lie down on your back. Rest your arms out to sides, palms up. close your eyes and relax in the pose, breathing softly  and evenly.


Physical Benefits

  • Relieves fatigue in the  legs and feet
  • Prevents edema and varicose veins
  • Soothes the nervous system
  • Relieves mild backache, headache, and insomnia
  • Relieves symptoms of arthritis
  • Alleviates urinary and respiratory disorders
  • Increase Circulation

Mental Benefits

  • Calms the mind
  • Relieves mild depression, stress, and anxiety


  • Glaucoma
  • Serious neck or back injury






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