Last week I came down with a cold and was not sleeping well. I fortunately still had energy to go about my days however, every day I was sure to tune into what my body was calling for and Viparita Karani was it. This pose can be modified with legs over a chair especially if you are new to yoga or on blood pressure medicine. You never want to do this pose if you have detached retina.
This pose restores my energy and, supported by a bolster under the hips, becomes a restorative backbend. Viparita Karani helps boost your immune system by reversing the flow of lymph, which is why this pose is so good when you are feeling under the weather. Also, the pressure on the back of the head calms the nervous system. It is recommended that you only stay for 10-20 minutes.
Our bodies have a wisdom to share if we tune in and listen we will know how to best support our health.