VIPARITHA KARNI: (The Inverted Posture)
In Hatha Yog Adeepika the
Viparitha Karni is considered as Musdra and not an asana. In usual
practice though we are not differentiating too much between the terms Asana and
Mudra, but in Hatha Yoga the dandas and mudra are used distinctively. Even
in Sanskrit literature the word Asana, Bandha and Mudra are used in the same
sense. In Sanskrit Viparitha means 'inverted','Karni' means 'actions'.
The essence of Ciparitha Karni is "keeping the head down and legs above the
head." Practicing this exercise helps to conveniently perform
1. Lie down on the floor in a complete relaxed
2. Exhale slowly and raise the legs and hips with the
support of arms.
3. Hold the hips with the hands. (refer Fig. 55.0).
4. Hold in this pose for a few seconds and breathe
5. Inhale slowly and lower the legs towards the ground
and return to the relaxed position.
6. Continue the process 2 to 3 times.
1. This helps to control the body weight.
2. Helps to provide good blood circulation to the body,
which helps to cure breathing problems, activating the nerve centers of the
3. Practicing this exercise provides better blood flow
to the neck, throat, and head are cured.
4. This exercise serves as an aid to increase the
facial beauty because good circulation of blood gives tenderness to the face and