or Viparita karani. (Sanskrit) "Upside down pose." From विपरीत viparita, “opposite, upside down, reverse, contrary” and करणि karani, “making, doing, form.” A term that describes a variety of postures used in Hatha Yoga, yet with a primary form described below, and which is practiced in the Rites for Rejuvenation.
“Lie on the ground. Raise the legs up straight. Support the buttocks with the hands. Rest the elbows on the ground. Remain steady. The sun dwells at the root of the navel and the moon at the root of the palate. The process by which the sun is brought upward and the moon is carried downward is called Viparitakarani Mudra. The positions of the sun and the moon are reversed.” —Swami Sivananda,Yoga
“... if the Veerya is controlled, and if it is made to flow upwards into the brain by pure thoughts and the practice of Viparita Karani Mudras such as Sarvangasana and Sirshasana and, the mind and the Prana are automatically controlled.” —Swami Sivananda, Brahmacharya
"For those who aspire for the rejuvenation of their body and for the healing of all sickness, here we give them this marvelous formula: the Viparita Karani Mudra." —Sacred Rites for Rejuvenation,
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