Yoga Health Benefits – Legs up on the wall pose

Yoga Health Benefits—Vapariti Karani Pose


Vapariti Karani is a popular yoga pose, commonly called Legs Up the Wall. To do this inverted pose, lie on your back with your buttocks a few inches from the wall and your legs up and resting against the wall.Your legs rest gently and your knees are relaxed as you feel a nice, light stretch. Hold the pose for up to 20 minutes, practicing belly breathing throughout.When you first try the pose, you may want to move further away from the wall. As you become more flexible you can work your way closer and increase your stretch.
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Health Benefits of Vapariti Karani

CALM

Legs Up the Wall is a simple, rejuvenating pose. It’s meant as a time of meditation and quiet focus on your breathing. Slow, controlled breathing can activate your parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS), the body’s home of stress relief.

As you practice Vaparti Karani, your breathing helps your oxygen absorption increase and tells your body that it’s time to rest. The physical results of activating the PSNS include a decreased heart rate, slowed breathing, muscle relaxation, a feeling of calm, and even improved digestion.

PAIN RELIEF 

The Legs Up the Wall pose may also help reduce the pressure on your low back that comes from lots of sitting or standing. Vaparti Karani relieves the pressure and may alleviate associated low back pain.

CIRCULATION

Putting your legs up in Vaparti Karani may help your circulation. Just as prolonged sitting and standing put pressure on your back, they also put pressure on your legs. By raising them you reduce the pressure on your leg veins as blood flows back toward your heart.

Legs Up the Wall may also help reduce fluid build-up and encourage lymphatic draining. The result can be decreased swelling.

If you feel numbness in your legs while in Vaparti Karani, gently come out of the pose. It isn’t unusual for the decreased leg blood flow to cause numbness or tingling, but it isn’t desirable.

The same is true of feeling increased pressure in your face or elsewhere. If you feel discomfort or pain during any yoga, modify or come out of the poses. One of the most important things about your practice is listening to your body.

Vaparti Karani is an easy, beneficial pose to incorporate into your daily routine. Check with your doctor to see if Legs Up the Wall right for your health and wellness.

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