It is a notion we have that the more work we do, the more benefits we get. Although, this thinking is not fundamentally wrong, but it is not always true as well. The thing that we need to know is where to put our energy and efforts. Just knowing that ‘working out’ will help you lose weight, is not good enough. You need to know which specific form of work out will help you lose weight mst effectively.
Similarly, when doing yoga, many people think that the more you bend in difficult angles or the more breathing you do, the better the results are. But what if I told you that there is a yoga pose that does not need you to do much, but will benefit you in more ways that you can think of.
Viparita Karani or legs-up-against-the-wall aasana is one such yoga pose which is deeply underrated. Although people have started acknowledging it but there are still many out there who don’t know about the benefits of this pose. Viparita Karani actually means ‘introverted in action’ which means that when we do this pose, our body will invert the actions in our body (in a way).
Helps in blood circulation. Sends built up fluid in legs, to your stomach. (which is a good thing)
Relieves swollen ankles and feet
Helps you fall asleep and calms you down
Soothes menstrual cramps (some yoga traditions advice against doing Viparita Karani during menstruation) *well it will be uncomfortable doing this during periods so it is better to do this when the cramps start and stop when your periods set in.*
Relieves lower-back pain
People with Hypertension, Hernia and Glaucoma should not do this aasana. One of the best part about this pose is that it helps people with insomnia. There aren’t many poses out there that have so many benefits on top of providing sleep. Also, there are many variations of this pose as well if you get bored of doing the same thing.