Sleeping Lord Vishnu Pose (not as restful as it looks!)

This past week,  Jill (check out her site here!) and I were emailing back and forth about this posture, also called – “Pose Dedicated to Lord Vishnu.”  It is not one that I have practiced very much. So I decided to play around and give it a try.  Not as easy as it looks … a few rather ungraceful endings to my pose 🙂

Have a look at the video below to see how it’s done.

Benefits of Sleeping Lord Vishnu (Anantasana in Sanskrit)

  • Stretches the hamstrings, hips, calves and groin muscles
  • Tones the abdomen and increases hip mobility
  • May help reduce low back pain
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Develops focus and concentration, quiets the mind

How To

  1. Lie on the floor on your right side. Straighten your legs so they lineup with your torso.
  2. Bend your left knee so the foot is flat on the floor.
  3. Bend your right elbow to gently rest the right side of your head in your palm. Find a sense of balance.
  4. When you feel ready, bring the knee towards your torso. Clasp the big toe of your left foot. On an exhale, extend your left leg towards the ceiling.
  5. Softly fix your gaze on an unmoving object in front of you. Continue to breathe softly and smoothly.
  6. Think of extending the pose actively through both of your heels heels. Try to keep your balance as much as possible without rolling forward or backward.
  7. Hold for about one  minute.
  8. Release the top leg down and roll to your other side.

Tips

  • If your hips are tight, use a strap around the ball of your foot on the upper leg
  • To help with balance, press the soles of your feet against a wall. Keep the lower foot pressed against the wall throughout the pose.
  • Another helpful balancing tip – use a bolster or block between your back and the wall.

 

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