Guest post by Chanel Luck: Viparita Karani
Today’s post if for all you runners out there recovering from this weekend’s marathon! And for all you shoppers and retail clerks who spent all of Black Friday on your feet :). I was lucky to spend all weekend skiing and eating, so I’ll join you all in benefiting from some time spent in a relaxing inversion.
Speaking of Luck – I am very blessed to have crossed paths with so many amazing yogis thus far in my life and I would like to start sharing a pose each month and tell you all a bit about the benefits. This month I asked my friend, the one and only Chanel Luck from YogaThree to share some thoughts about my favorite yoga pose: Viparita Karani (I might actually like saying it as much as I like doing it ….).
First of all let’s just say that with a name like Chanel Luck, you know this girl is destined for greatness. I wouldn’t be shy about asking her to blow on my dice at the craps table either … but that’s besides the point – back to the yoga talk!
- Laying on the back, extend the legs up until the feet stack on top of the hips.
- Ground the spine into the earth, and relax the torso as much as possible
- Use a wall for support, working the sit bones up to the wall, and resting the heels against the wall
- Alternatively work in the middle of the room with the legs in limbo, with the option of placing a block underneath the sacrum
- Allow the throat to be open and soft
- Relieves tired or cramped legs and feet
- Gently stretches the back legs, front torso, and the back of the neck
- Relieves mild backache
- Passive inversion
- Good for varicose veins
“My greatest wish as a yoga teacher and bodyworker is to help my students and clients feel powerful in their bodies, find their inner strength, heal, and connect to their hearts.”
Thank you Chanel for the guest post!! Enjoy everyone!