Feeling Bleh? Try this one…
4) If it isn’t already, Viparita Karani will become a heavenly staple in your yoga practice for those times when you’ve been run off your feet and your legs and feet are swollen and sore. Getting the blood rushing out of them and new blood flowing in will remove the pain and reinvigorate you in about 10 minutes. One of the best things about this pose is that you get to do it lying down. At its most basic, It also requires nothing more than a wall and a bed or the floor, so you can do it without needing any yoga equipment.
The image above is from Eve Johnson’s yoga blog, myfiveminuteyoga.com, which is a fantabulous resource for many more ideas for yoga poses you can add to your repertoire. Eve is using a bolster, which is a common way to do the pose, but even without a bolster, you’ll feel how amazing this pose is if you hold it for at least 10 minutes.
Benefits: Regulates blood pressure; helps treat ear and eye ailments as well as stress-related headaches; relieves asthma, bronchitis and throat infections; alleviates arthritis and cervical spondylosis; relieves indigestion, diarrhea and nausea; prevents varicose veins.
***Remember to breathe***