Viparita Karani – Legs up the wall pose.
I’ve been really busy teaching therapeutic restorative one to ones in my cabin studio this week, every time, they are so beautifully mind-blowingly powerful and deeply gratifying both to the student and teacher. Restorative yoga is nurturing and healing in every way, whatever the client’s ailment, mental, emotional, physical or internal, it is literally food for the body, mind and soul and never fails me. This is ‘Legs up the wall pose‘.
Here, this lady is lying on a cushion of yoga mat and blankets, I have placed a large supportive bolster under her sacrum, a sandbag on her lower belly which is calming to the nervous system and one on each shoulder too which can feel so grounding. Also I made a small roll to support the occipital at the base of her skull to help release tension in the neck or headaches. The legs have been wrapped in a blanket and another blanket is tucked around her torso for extra warmth and comfort. An eye pillow soothes and blocks out the harsh daylight so the eyes and the forehead can completely relax.
Sometimes I also place the end of a sandbag on the forehead and wrap the fore-head with a bandage or place a rolled up blanket around the head – especially if a person is anxious, stressed or suffers with migraines.
Restorative yoga sprinkles her magic every time – it should be on prescription. 🙂

Benefits of Legs Up the Wall Pose:

Regulates blood flow
Alleviates menstrual cramps
Relieves swollen ankles and varicose veins
Helps testicular, semen, and ovarian problems in men and women respectively
Improves digestion
Restores tired feet or legs
Stretches the back of the neck, front torso, and back of the legs
Improves problems of the eyes and ears
Relieves mild backache
Provides migraine and headache relief, especially when done with a bandage wrapped tightly around the forehead and back of the skull
Helps keep you young and vital
Calms anxiety
Relieves symptoms of mild depression and insomnia