Viparita Karani

Did everyone have a nice Valentine’s Day? It’s one of my favorite holidays. Warm and fuzzy. Ron and I are on vacation in California. We debated celebrating Valentine’s Day at the restaurant where he proposed, but when we learned it was only serving an expensive 5-course menu, we opted for our favorite seafood joint instead. A super casual place along the ocean.

We brought out own candles and wine and set everything up at a picnic table. We weren’t the only ones with the idea. Some couples brought flowers, table clothes, and champagne. One couple handed out napkins with a big pink heart to all the diners. It was fun.

Anyway, one of the nice things about taking vacations with Ron is being able to go to yoga classes together. During a normal (non-vacation week), I go to a yoga studio close to our home and he goes at his gym after work. But yesterday, we set up our mats next to each other (he has a beautiful Triangle pose!). Near the end of class, the instructor asked everyone to settle on our backs and prop our legs up the wall. The pose is called Viparita Karani.

I know this pose very, very well. I’ve come to think of it as a fertility pose because it’s reputed to help keep sperm inside the body after a baby-making attempt. But as I learned yesterday in class, it’s a great restorative pose for many other reasons as well. If you travel on airplanes a lot, it can help with fluid retention in the legs. According to my yoga teacher, it calms the nervous system, boosts immunity, and is good for the brain. We stayed in the pose for about 5 minutes yesterday, but the yoga teacher encouraged everyone to try it at home for about 20 minutes…or longer. It’s blissfully relaxing. Give it a try and let me know how you feel.

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