Sleeping Vishnu Pose (Anantasana)

May 10, 2012
“Ananta” is another name for Lord Vishnu. This asana reflects the sleeping pose of Vishnu on his serpent.

Sleeping Vishnu Pose (Anantasana) (Yogapilates)

Benefits of the Sleeping Vishnu Pose (Anantasana):
The Anantasana (the sleeping Vishnu Pose) can improve blood circulation and helps to stretch hamstring and calves.
How to perform the Sleeping Vishnu Pose (Anantasana):
- Lie down on the floor on your back, legs extended and hands by the side.
- Turn to the left, fold your left hand at the elbow and place your elbow on the ground.
- Raise your head and support it with the left palm.
- Place your right hand in front of the chest and take a deep breath.
- Fold the right leg at the knee and place the toes of right foot on the upper left thigh and keep the right leg straight so that the knee is pointing up. Then hold the big toe of the right leg with your right hand.
- While breathing hold this posture for about a minute
- Slowly release the right leg and return to supine position. Now, turn on the other side and repeat the same by alternating legs.
Durations/Repetitions of the Sleeping Vishnu Pose (Anantasana):
In the beginning, hold the asana for 10 to 15 seconds while breathing deeply. Gradually increase the time up to 1 minute. Repeat twice on both sides.
Difficulty Level and Advancement of the Sleeping Vishnu Pose (Anantasana):
Anantasana (Sleeping Vishnu Pose) is a difficulty level 5 asana recommended for intermediate yoga practitioner.

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