Lotus Petal Yoga

SHASHANGASANA (RABBIT)


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Shashanga = Rabbit; Asana = Posture

Starting from a kneeling position, the tops of the feet are pressed firmly into the mat. Chin is tucked into chest as the spine is rounded down. Forehead touches knees and the top of the head touches the earth. Hands are placed on the heels from the outside. Knees, lower legs and tops of the feet are actively pressed into the earth as the pelvis is lifted as high as possible off of the heels. Arms pull back on the heels. Very little weight is in the crown of the head. Shoulder blades are drawn down away from the ears. Should the forehead and knees not touch, knees can be walked in to meet the head. Head is not to be moved or twisted in this posture to protect the neck.

Benefits of the posture:

  • massages the abdominal area
  • brings maximum flexion to the spine which relaxes and rejuvenates the entire body especially the nervous system
  • massages and regenerates kidneys and adrenal glands
  • massages thyroid and parathyroid
 

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