Apanasana (Wind-Relieving or Knees to Chest Pose)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Apanasana
 is a relaxing supine asana often performed at the end of a yoga sequence. Apana is Sanskrit for "downward-moving life force" and asana means "pose" or "posture." As the name implies, this posture is thought to help move toxins downward, through and out of the body.

Lying on the back, draw the knees gently in toward the chest. Inhaling, release the knees slightly away from the chest; exhaling, hug them in. As simple as this appears, take it easy on the lower back. Play with rocking side to side or moving the knees around in circles to explore releasing tension in the lower back.

Benefits:
  • Stretches and stabilizes the pelvis and low back and can reduce lower back pain.
  • Reduces excessive anger, excitement, anxiety and high blood pressure.
  • Helps with muscle guarding, hyperlordosis, sciatic nerve impingement muscle spasm, spinal stenosis, and disc herniation.

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