Viparita Karani (Half Shoulder Stand)

English Name(s)

Viparita Karani, Half Shoulder Stand


विपरीतकरणी / Viparītakaraṇī


vip-par-ee-tah car-AHN-nee


viparita: “inverted/reversed”
karani: “doing/making”
āsana: “posture”

Physical Benefits

Viparita Karani (vip-par-ee-tah car-AHN-nee) is a restorative pose similar to Sarvangasana. It gives relaxation to the abdomen, legs and the lower back, especially after standing asanas. This encourages deep and smooth breathing. This pose improves digestion and elimination. It also improves lung capacity and makes them elastic and stronger. This asana can also be used as a substitute for Shavasana with beginners.

Energetic Benefits

This asana gives complete rest to the legs and has the capacity to recharge the entire body and mind from tiredness.


Women who are menstruating should avoid this asana. If students have tight hamstrings it’s difficult to rest the legs close against the wall. Keep the buttocks away from the wall.

Going into the Pose

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