Legs up the wall pose, the Great Rejuvenator or Viparita Karani is one of the most beneficial poses you can do especially if you don’t have the time or inclination for anything else. It can be a little tricky to get into initially but once you are there, its bliss! A combination of a restorative and inverted posture it has many benefits including improved circulation and reduction of swelling in the feet. It can help calm the mind and is brilliant for post run or workout activity or if you’ve been on your feet all day.
How to get into it?
- Sit with your side against the wall, with bent knees and your feet drawn in toward your hips.
- Relax your arms in any position that feels comfortable and you can use an eye pillow or have a blanket over you. Stay for 5-15 minutes and bend your knees and roll over on your side to come down.
- Swing your legs up against the wall as you turn to lie flat on your back.
- Place your hips against the wall or slightly away. I like to have a cushion or bolster under my hips.