About Viparita Karani
Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose) is a Sanskrit term that refers to the ‘action of inverting’. Thus it is more of a general action rather than an asana and hence the name does not end with ‘asana’.
Viparita Karani is an inversion under the category of shoulder stand poses, but is easier to hold for extended periods of time. It is also considered as a restorative pose and hence releases tension in the body and mind.
Viparita Karani is considered a base pose as viparita karani variations can be derived from this pose. Viparita Karani uses props to make the pose accessible and easier for students who may not have the needed strength, flexibility or balance to do the same pose without props.
Viparita Karani is considered a warm-up yoga pose to prepare the body for more intense yoga poses / yoga flow. The restorative nature of this posture gets blood flowing to parts of the body that need it, making it good for most any ailment including arthritis, high or low blood pressure, respiratory ailments, and menopause.