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Anantasana (Side-Reclining Leg Lift)

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Anantasana (Side-Reclining Leg Lift)

Steps of Anantasana (Side-Reclining Leg Lift)

Lay down on your back in Supta Samasthiti. Check which of your nostrils is active and lie on that side with your upper arm on the floor, your elbow bent and your head supported by your hand. Take care not to lean forward or backward but leave your complete body weight on the side you are lying on.

If you are lying on your right side, bend your left knee, grab your left big toe with your left hand and stretch the leg up straight, the sole facing upwards. Now your knees are straight and you pull your foot closer towards your head.

Hold this pose for 30 seconds to one minute, then slowly come out of it and repeat the posture from the other side.

Benefits of Anantasana (Side-Reclining Leg Lift)

Anantasana increases flexibility in your legs and prevents issues of hernia.

In many cases, this yoga exercise can be good against back pain as well.

Your digestive system also has a benefit from this pose. You shift undigested food from one side of the intestines to the other. This does not mean however that you should do this yoga posture right after food. Always keep a sufficient time gap in between eating and workout.

If you suffer from light arthritis, Anantasana can help you reduce your pain.


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