Viparita karani is known for a wide range of health and anti-aging benefits. Ancient yoga texts claim that practicing viparita karani hides wrinkles and banishes old age and death. This asana helps cool and soothe the nervous system. The spirit of surrender learned in this restorative posture can be carried into active asana work as well.
The higher chakras, like the third eye (ajna) and crown (sahasrara), are stimulated in this pose. Spiritual energy is redirected upward toward these energy centers, preparing the individual's mind for dharana, or concentration. This pose is often done as a final posture before beginning pranayama and dharana.
Beginners and those with back discomfort may use a bolster or a pillow as a support for the lower back. It may also be helpful to wrap a strap around the thighs, binding the legs together, so the practitioner can relax more completely in the pose without the legs falling down or tiring out.