Inverted Action Pose

Definition - What does Inverted Action Pose mean?

Inverted action pose is a restorative yoga posture that, in its simplest and less advanced form, is also known as legs-up-the-wall pose or by the Sanskrit name, viparita karani. To perform this pose, the yogi lies on his/her back with the buttocks touching or close to the wall and the legs straight up the wall.

In the non-supported version, the yogi lies on his/her back, lifts the hips and raises the legs, supporting the hips with the hands. This version of the pose resembles shoulder stand except that all but the lower back remains on the ground.

Yogapedia explains Inverted Action Pose

This relaxing pose provides a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Eases headaches
  • Stretches the muscles of the hips and legs, particularly the hamstrings
  • Reduces leg cramping and swelling
  • Provides relief from lower back pain

As an inversion, inverted action pose improves circulation by reversing blood flow, invigorating the mind and body, and offering a different perspective.

Beginners can support the hips with a blanket or other booster and/or move the hips a little farther from the wall, particularly if the hips and hamstrings are tight.

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