The yoga asanas or postures are supposed to give strength, while mudras or gestures are supposed to give balance and steadiness.
According to yoga, within the human body, "The sun dwells at the root of the naval (the solar plexus) and the moon at the root of the palate," In the reverse posture the position is reversed and the sun is raised above the moon.
The Reverse Posture (Viparitakarani Mudra)
Lie on your back. Raise your legs and back, supporting your body by placing your hands under your hips. Make sure your legs are vertical and your toes pointed.
Close your eyes. Breathe slowly and deeply from the abdomen and concentrate on the gonads (sex glands). In the male, these are in the testis, and in the female in the ovaries. Stay in this position for about two minutes.
Benefits of The Reverse Posture (Viparitakarani Mudra)
This posture is known as the restorer of youth and vitality. It is supposed to keep the glands, organs, and skin in a youthful condition, to banish premature wrinkles, and prevent untimely ageing.
The reverse posture produces optimum functioning of the sex glands.
It has a beneficial effect on the thyroid gland.
It produces vitality and rejuvenation due to stimulation of the sex glands and the thyroid gland.
This posture is especially recommended for women who suffer from female disorders, irregular or painful periods and physical or mental discomforts during menopause. It restores the manly vigor.
According to the yogis, this posture prevents premature ageing and removes facial wrinkles. The headstand and shoulder stand also have this effect.
At first, keep this posture for a few seconds at a time, gradually increasing its duration to about ten minutes.