[captionpix align=”left” width=”200″ imgalt=”Viparita Karani Yoga Pose” imgsrc=”http://www.janeunsworth.com/wp-content/uploads/gi-inverted-lake-pose.jpg” captiontext=”Viparita Karani”]
I didn’t think this pose had a name but found the The Inverted Lake Pose which most closely resembles the aim here. And generally practising yoga It’s wonderful for aiding revitalization at the end of a busy day, especially that time just after dusk that breaks up the day from the evening.
It allows a pause, a breathe, a punctuation before preparing dinner or getting on with your night-time activities, perfectly separating the two.
The bodies energy changes and for some it can be a challenging time of day, especially where over-imbibing in alcohol or eating habits have become somewhat of a ritual.
Stepping out of your life for a few moments is one of a number of strategies that help break these all too common patterns.
Recharging your batteries
Here’s the process:
- Start by lying on your back
- Have your bum right next to a skirting board in the room
- Therefore the legs have no place to go, but up the wall
- The legs can fall apart as far as is comfortable, as they rest against the wall
- It’s important for the bottom to be snugly up against the wall with as little space between them, to create a right angle
- The feet need to be flat out, away from the wall, meaning they should not just slump but instead be themselves at a right angle
- The arms fall to the side and can relax out from the sides of the body, as feels comfortable
- Close the eyes and relax
- Rest there for as long as feels comfortable
The benefits are manifold, in the main because the legs carry so much of the body’s debris. Because we are perpendicular creatures, spending most of our time either standing upright or sitting down, gravity takes it toll and rubbish collects and sinks into the leg and ankle areas. This pose provides an antidote to gravity and allows waste and such to galvanize and make it’s way back up the body, to disseminate more naturally.
When I attended Gary Carter’s 8-month long course Anatomy & Physiology For Yoga Teachers one thing he mentioned was that Iyengar once said that the diaphragm is another muscle, but don’t let the west know it as he feared the west would abuse the information and over-use or abuse it through fitness regimes, as they have with other muscles. The inference being that:
- The west overuse and abuse the muscular system
- The diaphragm has a connection with the leg muscles
- The breathe can be used to make that connection
- A realignment can be made to address the imbalance that gravity causes
- And if we just go about life without adjusting it, then waste materials will continue to collect in the calves and ankles (in particular)
- That broad calves indicate a lack of movement and a dis-function within the system
Once your rejuvenation is complete, you can get on with the rest of the day. Maybe you similar or alternative suggestions along similar lines.
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