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WORKOUT FOR THE WEEK: ​Fight Skin Problems with these 6 Yoga Poses - Legs Up the Wall Pose (5 of 6)

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Fight Skin Problems with these 6 Yoga Poses

Legs Up the Wall Pose (5 of 6)

You have to agree that there are rare moments in our lives when we find ourselves stuck with a problem. No matter what solution we try to come up with, the problem seems to persist, oftentimes with a vengeance, that we almost always end up giving in and giving up... until, as if being mocked, we finally find out how simple the solution was. We just had to change our perspective and see that the answer was right under our noses.

Just as standing on one’s head, figuratively speaking, has its merits, a physical inversion of our whole body, literally speaking, also has its benefits, particularly when it comes to our health.

The fifth yoga pose to help us fight skin problems is the Viparita Karani, also called the Legs Up the Wall Pose. Because of its inverted nature, this asana allows blood to circulate to every part of the body. This, in turn, helps to reduce the main skin problem that come with aging—wrinkles. In fact, some say that it even keeps old age and death at bay because of its restorative properties.

Aside from its benefits to healthier looking skin, the Legs Up the Wall Pose has many other advantages. For one, it helps to relax tired, cramped feet and legs. In addition, it gives the front of the torso, back of the legs, and the back of the neck a good stretch. Moreover, it relieves a mild backache as it helps to soothe and calm the mind. Last but not least, the Viparita Karani has a multitude of other therapeutic benefits for the following: anxiety, arthritis, digestive problems, headaches, high and low blood pressure, insomnia, migraines, mild depression, respiratory ailments, urinary disorders, varicose veins, menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome, and menopause.

Before You Do the Viparita Karani

You must make sure to keep your stomach and bowels empty before you practice this asana. Have your meals at least four to six hours before you do the asana so that your food gets digested, and there is enough energy for you to expend during the practice. It is best to practice yoga first thing in the morning. But in the event you cannot work out in the morning, it is alright to practice it in the evening.

How to Do It

  • 1.Find an open space near a wall and sit next to it, such that your feet are on the floor, spread in front of you, and the left side of your body is touching the wall.
  • 2.Exhale. Lie on your back, making sure that the back of your legs press against the wall, and that the soles of your feet face upwards. It will take you a little bit of movement to get comfortable in this position.
  • 3.Place your buttocks a little away from the wall or press them against the wall.
  • 4.Make sure your back and head are resting on the floor. You will find that your body forms a 90-degree angle.
  • 5.Lift your hips up and slide a prop under them. You could also use your hands to support your hips and form that curve in your lower body.
  • 6.Keep your head and neck in a neutral position and soften your throat and your face.
  • 7.Close your eyes and breathe. Hold the position for at least five minutes. Release and roll to any one side. Breathe before you sit up.

Precautions and Contraindications

  • 1.This asana is a mild inversion, and therefore, it must be avoided during menstruation.
  • 2.Avoid this asana if you have severe eye problems like glaucoma.
  • 3.If you have serious back and neck problems, make sure you do this asana under the guidance of a certified yoga instructor.
  • 4.If you notice a tingling in your feet when you practice this asana, bend your knees and touch the soles, bringing your heels close to the pelvis.

Beginner’s Tip

As a beginner, you might find it hard to get the alignment right in this pose. For this, you must breathe such that the heads of your thigh bones are firmly pressed against the wall. This will help release your spine, belly, and groin. You must imagine the inhalation descend through the torso, and pushing the heads of the thigh bones close to the wall. As you exhale each time, let your thigh bones press harder onto the wall and your torso pull away from the wall.

As the next entry for our Workout for the Week will be the last, it is a fitting conclusion to this series of yoga poses because it will allow our bodies some relief. So until next time, just sit back (or lie down) and relax your way to younger looking skin and a healthier you.





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