It doesn’t get any easier than this – but the benefits are amazing!
Viparita Karani, also known as the Legs up the Wall pose, or Inverted Lake Pose, is one of the simplest yoga positions that can help you relax your body and mind, soothe pain, and treat anxiety. It also has anti-aging effects on your body, apart from a host of other health benefits.
Being a restorative pose, Viparita Karani allows the blood to circulate to every part of the body. Therefore, it helps relieve just about any ailment.
These yoga poses target the muscular-skeletal system, the back, belly, shoulders, back, and legs. It can be performed in several ways, and you can start with the simplest one.
Legs Straight up the Wall Version
Lay on your back, with buttocks right up against the wall, and the legs extended straight up the wall, a hip distance apart. You can use a pillow to prop the buttock, and the soles should be facing upward toward the ceiling. Keep the arms beside you, and try to hold the hips and hamstrings straight.
Legs in a Wide “V” Version
Start in the same position, but try to spread the legs into a wider V formation, to boost the stretch in the groin area.
Soles Together Version
You should turn the knees outward and bring the soles together, while the legs are completely pressed against the wall. Bring the connected feet down near the pelvic area, for the most intense stretch of the groin muscles. Breathe slowly.