Stretches obliques and IT band
Opens gall bladder meridian
Improves body awareness
How to perform banana
- Lie on your back with your legs together. Reach your arms overhead with an inhale and grasp your elbows.
- Keeping your hips stable, move your legs and upper body to the left with an exhale. Cross your right ankle over your left ankle to deepen the stretch.
- Hold the pose and take slow, deep breaths.
- Return to center with an inhale. Change sides.
- Keep hips at center
- Both buttocks on floor
- Torso and legs arched in same direction
- Ankles crossed
Modification: Do not cross your feet.
Avoid this pose if you have low back injury.
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Banana (Bananasana in Sanskrit) is a beginner yoga pose that belongs to the supine category. This asana targets obliques and spine, and also involves shoulders muscles. Banana opens gall bladder meridian; stretches obliques and it band and also improves body awareness. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this posture correctly. Discover more yoga asanas and yogic breathing exercises in our free yoga pose directory – a visual resource for yoga teacher training students as well as practitioners of all levels. Finally, shop our best-selling Yoga Cards products!
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