Lotus Petal Yoga

APANASANA (WIND REMOVING)


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Apana = Moving outwards, vital force; Asana = Posture

From a supine position, arms are relaxed and shoulders move down and away from the ears. One knee is bent and drawn toward the chest. All ten fingers are interlaced on the shin bone just below the knee. The heel is pressed out as the knee and thigh are drawn in toward the arm pit. The rib cage is avoided. Both shoulders are equally relaxed down and away from the ears. The spine is lengthened as space is created between the vertebrae with each inhale. Each exhale relaxes the entire spinal column.

Benefits of the posture:

  • massages the ascending and descending colon
  • good for elimination problems such as constipation or menstrual cramps
  • aids digestion
  • stabilizes the low back and pelvis which is helpful for low back pain
  • helpful for high blood pressure
 

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