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Serenity Now!

Source: RELAX LEGSRELEASE HIPS TOWARD FLOORBROADEN COLLARBONESRELEASE SHOULDERS AWAY FROM EARSSOFTEN THROATDON’T place a blanket under your sitting bones or tuck your pelvis.DO put a blanket under your low back, tilt your pelvis, and release your buttocks.

VIPARITA KARANI is my favorite pose. I know, I know: There is something wonderful to discover in every pose. But honestly, sometimes I just don’t feel like bending forward or back, or I am simply too tired to balance on one leg, even for a moment. But have I ever turned down an opportunity to practice Viparita Karani? Never! I’ve done this pose on hotel beds around the world, against trees on yoga retreats, and in the steam room at my gym.

Viparita Karani is often called Legs-up-the-Wall Pose, but viparita actually means “inverted,” and karani means “in action.” We can interpret that to mean that the pose inverts the typical actions that happen in our bodies when we sit and stand. There are many benefits to inverting the actions in your body. Here are a few: When you put your legs up the wall with your pelvis elevated on a folded blanket, lymph and other fluids that can lead to swollen ankles, tired knees, and congested pelvic organs flow into the lower belly; this refreshes the legs and the reproductive area. This is healthy at any point in your reproductive life cycle.

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