ViparitaKarani_248Vipariti Karani (Feet up the Wall). 

Vipariti Karani is a restorative and relaxing posture. This asana is known as ‘inverted lake’ and is based on the belief that the blood and hormones circulate better through the body when it is inverted. It allows the pelvis to be above the heart and pools the energy like a lake in the pelvis, calming the heart and mind. For this reason, this posture is great to do after having sex. It allows blood to flow to our reproductive organs and calms our central nervous system, inducing our relaxation response along with restoring our body. This posture is beneficial during your IVF cycle when under going ovarian stimulation. It helps alleviate bloating and distension. I advise my my patients to this posture both during an IVF cycle, after egg retrieval and of course after ovulation.

Place a bolster/block or rolled up yoga mat against the wall. To prepare sit sideways to the wall, and swing your legs up the wall so you are in an “L” Shape with your back on the floor and legs up the wall.  Lower your back to the ground; use your hands to push your buttocks and legs as close to the wall as possible. When you are in the final pose your legs should be up against the wall. Your lower back/sacrum resting on the prop. Flex your feet and place your hands on your womb space.