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Rabbit

Sasangasana

shah-sahn-GAH-sah-nah
Rabbit
Pose categories
Primary body parts engaged
Muscle Groups
Improves spinal and back flexibility
Brings fresh blood to brain, energizes thyroid
Revitalizes mind and relieves depression

How to perform rabbit

  1. Being sitting with your legs folded underneath you. Firmly grip your heels.
  2. Slowly fold forward with an exhale, bringing your head to the floor as close to your knees as possible.
  3. Lift your hips with an inhale. Roll onto the top of your head.
  4. Hold the pose and take slow, deep breaths.
  5. Lower your hips with an exhale and slowly rise with an inhale.
Alignment cues
  • Lift hips toward sky
  • Firm grip on heels
  • Lift shoulders away from head
  • Top of head on floor
  • Head close to knees
Modification: Place a folded blanket under your knees for cushion.
Avoid this pose if you have knee injury.
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Rabbit (Sasangasana in Sanskrit) is a beginner yoga pose that belongs to the forward bends and inversions categories. This asana targets neck & upper traps and spine and upper back & lower traps and also involves middle back / lats and shoulders muscles. Rabbit stretches and strengthens legs, opens chest; rejuvenates abdominal organs and also reduces fatigue, increases energy. 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.

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