[Pose Of the Week] Calm Your Mind & Stretch In Rabbit Pose (Beginner)

Release tension, clear your mind and stretch your spine, and sleep better with Rabbit Pose…

Rabbit Pose (Sasangasana or Shashankasana) – also known as Moon Pose, Hare Pose or Hare Headstand Pose – is a lovely and gentle pose that provides a wonderful stretch for the neck and upper spine. This pose is also believed to benefit the thyroid and parathyroid glands, as well as the immune system. This is a calming pose that may help relieve stress, calm the nerves, and promote better sleep. Many yogis also find that it helps relieve sinus problems and head colds.

This near-inversion pose is a great alternative for Headstand and Shoulderstand for those who cannot or do not wish to perform the more intense inversion poses.

You may wish to place a folded blanket under the knees and/or head for comfort.

Those who suffer from vertigo or who have neck, spinal, or shoulder injuries, glaucoma, or uncontrolled hypertension should avoid this pose.

How to Do Rabbit Pose:

1. From Child’s Pose, reach back and hold onto the heels with the hands and pull the forehead in towards the knees with the top of the head on the floor.

2. Holding tightly onto the heels, inhale and lift the hips up towards the ceiling. Roll onto the crown of the head and press the forehead as close to the knees as possible.

3. Breathe and hold for 4-8 breaths.

4. To release: slowly exhale and lower the hips to the heels and slide the forehead back to the floor into Child Pose.

Learn more at YogaBasics.com


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