Legs Up The Wall

Legs up the wall - Rana WaxmanLegs Up The Wall:  Legs up the Wall is a pose that is what it says it is! It is a really beneficial and basic restorative yoga pose. I am showing it using the ThreeMinuteEggs®      

Now, there are many many ways to do legs up the wall pose and it may not be suitable to do it this way. I happened to be travelling with them and I enjoyed the support.

Keep in mind that you should be able to relax into it for 10-15 minutes in the variation that does suit you, breathing calmly.

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In Sanskrit Legs Up The Wall pose is called: Viparita Karani:

(vip-par-ee-tah car-AHN-ee)
viparita = turned around, reversed, inverted
karani = doing, making, action

It is believed that Viparita Karani is good for most everything that ails you, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive problems
  • Headache
  • High and low blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine
  • Mild depression
  • Respiratory ailments
  • Urinary disorders
  • Varicose veins
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Menopause


  • Relieves tired or cramped legs and feet
  • Gently stretches the back legs, front torso, and the back of the neck
  • Relieves mild backache
  • Calms the mind