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Inverted

Viparita Karani

VIP-ah-REE-tah car-AH-nee
Inverted
Pose categories
Primary body parts engaged
Muscle Groups
Tones legs and abs
Activates lungs and abdominal organs
Relieves mental and emotional stress

How to perform inverted

  1. Lie on your back. Lift your feet toward the sky with an inhale.
  2. Lift your hips and low back from the floor, then support your hips with your hands. Your torso should be at an angle. Straighten your legs.
  3. Hold the pose and take normal breaths.
  4. Lower your legs over your head, place your arms on the floor, and slowly roll down with an exhale.
Alignment cues
  • Do not turn your neck
  • Legs straight
  • Torso at an angle
  • Hips resting in palms
  • Elbows close together
Modification: Bend your knees while lifting and lowering your legs.
Avoid this pose if you have high blood pressure, headache, neck injury, or a heart condition.
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Inverted (Viparita Karani in Sanskrit) is a beginner yoga pose that belongs to the inversions category. This asana targets abs, hamstrings and quadriceps, and also involves biceps, glutes & hip flexors and neck & upper traps muscles. Inverted activates lungs and abdominal organs; tones legs and abs and also relieves mental and emotional stress. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this posture correctly. Discover more yoga asanas and yogic breathing exercises in our free yoga pose directory – a visual resource for yoga teacher training students as well as practitioners of all levels. Finally, shop our best-selling Yoga Cards products!

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