Reach Infinity With Anantasana

Anantasana / Sleeping Vishnu Pose / Sleeping Side Recline Pose

Ananta is a nickname of Lord Vishnu who as per Hindu mythology is the creator of the universe.  In Sanskrit Ananta also means Infinity, beyond measurable. Anantasana mimics the typical sleeping Vishnu pose. The pose looks simple as it is a reclined or sleeping pose but it can challenge you, no matter what level you are at.

Benefits

  • Stretches hamstrings
  • Stretches side of the torso
  • Improves balance

Contraindications

  • Avoid this asana if you have neck pain or pain in shoulders.
  • If you have any spine conditions like spondylitis or slip disc, you must make sure you practice under the guidance of an experienced teacher.

Steps For Anantasana

  1. Lie flat on your mat sideways on left side.
  2. Start by warming-up by raising the right leg up and down a few times without swinging your hips. Each time engage the core muscles and press the outer edge of the left leg on the floor to gain stability as you raise the leg.
  3. To get into the pose, raise your head up and support it by placing left palm below your head.
  4. Bend your right leg and grab the big toe with the right hand using the first two fingers and the thumb.
  5. As you exhale and stretch the right leg streight up towards the ceiling. Ultimately both right hand and leg should be streight, but you can try to do the best you can.
  6. The challange is to stay exactly on your left side and avoid swinging back and forth. Use core muscles to maintain the balance. Keep breathing as you hold the pose for few seconds.
  7. Repeat this pose on the other side.

Modifications

  • Use a yoga block or a coushion to support your head if you are having neck pain.
  • Use a yoga belt or a bathrobe belt if your hamstrings are too tight and you are unable to hold your toes and streghten the leg.

 

 

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