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Sangasana – Rabbit Pose

Sasangasana, or rabbit pose, is a beginner level pose that aims to stretch your ankles, shoulders and arms.

 

The benefits of performing the sasangasana pose are wide and diverse. Stretching the upper body results in increased flexibility and elasticity of the spine; through increasing the curvature and length of the spine.

 

Sasangasana also stimulates and balances the body’s endocrine system. Balancing the release of these bodily hormones can improve your metabolic rate – which significantly reduces bloating after eating. Sasangasana also can replenish the amount of blood that passes the brain. Overtime, this has been proven to relieve people from psychological stress, fatigue, depression and nervousness. Furthermore, the nervous system additionally receives a blood boost which results in improved flexibility and sensitivity of the limbs (legs and arms).

 

However, if you have recently experienced any back or neck injury or are pregnant you should always seek the advice of your doctor before attempting to practise this position. If possible, always arrange to learn this position under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

 

Directions for Sasangasana: 
  • Begin by positioning yourself in the Childs pose. Whilst holding onto your heels with the palms of your hands continue to pull your forehead in towards your knees with the top of your head meeting the floor.
  • Whilst securely supporting your heels, begin to inhale and lift your hips up towards the ceiling. Roll onto the crown of your head and press your forehead as close to your knees as possible.
  • Breathe and hold for 3-7 breaths.
  • To release: slowly exhale and lower your hips to your heels and slide your forehead back to the floor into child pose.

 

Preparatory Poses Include:

 

Follow-Up Poses Include:

 

Synonyms of Sasangasana: Sasakasana pose
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