Vipareeta Karani Mudra (inverted psychic attitude) is a kaya (postural mudras).
How To Do Vipareeta Karani Mudra (Inverted Psychic Attitude)
- Assume vipareeta karani asana.
- Bring the legs over the head so that the eyes look straight up at the feet.
- Close the eyes and relax the whole body.
- This is the starting position.
- Fix the awareness of manipura chakra in the spine, directly behind the navel.
- Inhale slowly and deeply with ujj ayi pranayama.
- Simultaneously, feel the breath and consciousness moving from manipura to vishuddhi chakra.
- While exhaling, maintain the awareness at vishuddhi. At the end of exhalation, immediately bring the awareness back to manipura and repeat the same process.
- Practise up to 7 rounds at first, or until discomfort arises. If pressure builds up in the head, end the practice. Gradually increase the number of rounds up to 21 over a period of months.
- The length of the inhalation and exhalation will increase spontaneously over time, as the practice becomes more comfortable.
- Physical – on the inverted posture and the move ment of the breath.
- Spiritual – on manipura and vishuddhi chakras. Sequence: At the end of the daily practice program and before meditation. Do not perform after vigorous exercise or for at least 3 hours after n1eals. Upon completion of the practice, it is advisable to do a counterpose such as matsyasana, bhujangasana or ushtrasana.
Time of practice
- Vipareeta karani mudra should be practised daily at the same time, preferably in the early morning.
Precautions while doing Vipareeta Karani Mudra – Inverted Psychic Attitude
- This inverted practice should not be performed unless the body is healthy. People suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, enlarged thyroid or excessive toxins in the body should not perform this practice. Precautions for inverted postures apply.
Vipareeta Karani Mudra Benefits
- This practice gives all the benefits of vipareeta karani asana. It balances the activities of the thyroid.
- The posture reverses the downward and outward movement of energy, revitalizing and expanding the awareness. The flow of prana in ida and pingala nadis is balanced, resulting in an equal flow of breath in the nostrils. The balancing effect also helps to prevent disease on the physical and mental planes.
- The metabolic rate may increase when this mudra is practised for extended periods. If this happens, the food intake should be adjusted accordingly.
- The Sanskrit word vipareeta means ‘inverted’ and karani means ‘one who does’. Vipareeta karani mudra provides the basis for lhe kriya of the same name.