viparita karani: DO try this at home
Photo credit: My photo of Yoga Journal article, basics: legs-up-the-wall pose, September 2010 issue, page 70.
viparita = inverted
I just tried this pose, and I’m feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, still experiencing a bit of head rush (I got up too quickly, I think), but feelin’ kind of groovy (with a nod to Simon and Garfunkel).
During my work week, I push myself until, inevitably, exhaustion takes over and I just collapse in a heap.
Like last night.
I got home from work, ate dinner, exercised, then tried to watch a movie.
I couldn’t follow the first episode of ‘Pillars of the Earth’ on Netflix.
Then I tried to read.
I did finish this article in Yoga Journal, which was in my mailbox last evening (a wonderful birthday gift to myself was a subscription to YJ).
Sitting up was too big a chore for me, so I finally gave up, about 9:00 p.m., and crashed.
It took about two hours (and three cups of coffee) to wake up this morning.
Then I rearranged my studio apartment to gain some wall space for viparita karani.
The article cautions this pose may take a few tries to get right.
After about 15 minutes of rearranging and fiddling around, I realized that my body was as close to the picture as I was going to get today, so I just relaxed for about 10 minutes.
Give it a try!