Cooling postures: Viparita Karani

By 28. January, 2014Byron Bay Yoga
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Struggling with your yoga practice during the summer heatwave? Cool down with the ever-popular Legs Up The Wall pose: Viparita Karani. So much more than a restorative posture, Viparita Karani (also known as the ‘fountain of youth pose’ for its anti-aging benefits) is an

inversion and can even be a gentle backbend if using props.

Technique:

  • Sit on left side of mat, right hip to wall.

  • Pivot around, swing legs up the wall and lie down along mat with buttocks resting on floor and ideally touching wall if hamstrings will allow.

  • Keep knees and feet together, quadriceps switched on and feet dorsiflexed.

  • Relax the shoulders, and tuck chin to chest to lengthen the back of the neck.

  • Close the eyes and look in and down to the heart centre. Rest the hands on the belly for extra nurturing.

  • Stay in the posture for however long is comfortable – from five to 20 minutes – to cool and calm the mind, restore and rejuvenate.

  • To release: gently and mindfully bend knees to chest and carefully roll to the right side and remain here for a few rounds of breath. Push up with the left hand to come to sitting.

Contraindications and Cautions:

  • Menstruation: do not raise buttocks on props

  • Pregnancy: Raise the torso on a bolster, avoid lying flat. Take extra care after 4th month of pregnancy, or avoid posture.

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