Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose

Viparita Karani

What is Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose?

Legs-up-the-wall pose, or viparita karani, is a supported, restorative yoga inversion. It can be practiced on its own as an everyday restorative pose, or it can be used at the end of a yoga practice for its calming benefits and as a preparation for the final relaxation.


  1. Sit in close proximity to a wall.
  2. Lower the back and head to the floor.
  3. Adjust the body so that the sit bones press against the wall.
  4. Raise the legs so that the back of the legs are resting against the wall.
  5. Breathe as you hold the pose.


  • Avoid during menstruation

Benefits of Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose

  • Relieves anxiety
  • Relaxeds tired feet and legs
  • Reduces swelling in the feet
  • Improves circulation
  • Relieves lower backache

Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Viparita Karani
Pronunciation: vip-par-ee-tah car-AHN-ee
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Restorative

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