Legs-Up-The-Wall

I’ve been promoting the “Legs-up-the-wall” or “Viparita Karani” poses ever since I started teaching, and especially after starting work with NGOs over a year ago in California. It is a great restorative pose, relieving stress and relaxing the body and mind to enormous extents.

In conflict zones, and even in every day life, we might meet people who don’t have legs. Or their legs aren’t strong enough to stand on.

I was reminded of this when a friend posted a picture of boys with crutches playing soccer.

I also work with some children whose legs are special. So how does “legs-up-the-wall” work to create peace within?

Actually it is the act of releasing whichever part of the body we rely on most. In the average person, legs are the foundation on which we sit and stand. But if you’re walking on crutches or pushing yourself in a wheelchair, then maybe you’re putting more pressure on your arms.

In this case, you can still scoot your hips up the wall and perform the act of swinging your legs up. If you don’t have legs, then do the opposite: bring your head as close to the wall as possible.

Then place your arms on the wall, allowing the blood flow to be reversed, thus relaxing your arms. To give your arms even more love, pad them with blocks and blankets for support. You can also bend the elbows and rest your hands on your head. Now there is support on all sides, using the wall, head, and blankets or pillows.

Find a way to relax yourself and your body parts that are given the most stress and pressure. You’ll find some peace here!

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