Viparita Karani

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Viparita Karani

Viparita Karani (Sanskrit: विपरीतकरणी ; IAST: viparītakaraṇī) or Upside-Down Seal is an asana.


The name comes from the Sanskrit words viparita meaning "inverted" or "reversed", and karani meaning "doing" or "making"[1] and asana (आसन; āsana) meaning "posture" or "seat".[2]


Viparita Karani is a supine asana with vertical legs.

Without use of a wall, Viparita Karani resembles a Salamba Sarvāngāsana (supported shoulder stand) but with flexion in the thoracic spine (rather than the cervical spine, elbows on the floor and hands supporting hips or lower back.[3] A more advanced variation has the entire spine on the floor and 90° flexion at the hips with arms relaxed alongside the torso.

Variations include bringing the soles of the feet together such as in Baddha Konasana or letting the legs fall outward into a straddle.

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  1. ^ "Witold Fitz-Simon - Viparita Karani". Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  2. ^ Sinha, S.C. (1 June 1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Viparita Karani Mudra (Upside Down Seal)". Yoga Art and Science. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 

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