Legs Up the Wall: My mother’s favorite asana!
Viparītakaraṇī विपरीतकरणी : Legs Up the Wall
When she was younger, she practiced Viparītakaraṇī as well as Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, to relax after or before a long day at work or at the beginning or the end of her yoga routine. However, her favorite asana by far is Viparītakaraṇī. It allows her to relax her tired legs and swollen feet. The reasoning behind the effects of this inverted relaxation pose, is that it helps bring the blood From the legs to the heart, and also aids the return of lymphatic fluid throughout the body.
With time and practice, she noticed that the flexibility of her hamstrings improved. At age sixty , she is still able to bring her hips closer to the wall. Her advice is to practice every day and each time, get the hips closer to the wall. But, be gentle and patient because “some days it doesn’t happen the way you want it” , she says.
During her four pregnancies, she noticed that this pose, not only helped her relax her swollen feet but also, alleviated the discomfort in her hips and lower back. This practice was my mother’s best advice when I was pregnant. I did practiced during my pregnancy and I loved it!!.
On my own experience, I was able to practice it up until the end of the second trimester. However, I had to remember that my pregnant body changed rapidly and my yoga practice had to be modified accordingly.
Nowadays, she enjoys this pose at a deeper level. She closes her eyes or wraps her head with the help of a help wrap, focuses on her breathing to calm her mind and pacify her senses.
Practicing this way, significantly reduces her levels of stress and helps her alleviate the symptoms of her migraines and if she listens to her body’s signs soon enough, she is even able to avoid the migraine episode all together.
If you want to give it a try. Follow these simple steps !
Before practicing, make sure you wear warm clothes and the room’s temperature is comfortable for a more pleasant experience.
1.Place a bolster and/ or mat close to the wall to support your hips.
2. Lie down sideways on the floor.
3. Bring your hips close to the wall.
4. Swing the legs up one by one.
5.To come out the pose; bend your knees and gently roll to one side. Use the strength of your arms to come into a sitting position.
I would love to hear from you and your own yoga experiences !!!