Asana of the Month: Side Reclining Leg Lift (Anantasana)

Side Reclining Leg Lift

Side reclining Leg Lift stretches your hamstring increasing leg  and hip flexibility. It also strengthens leg and arm muscles.

If your flexibility is limited, use a strap for a gentle variation. Place the strap over the sole of your foot and lift your leg as high as it feels comfortable. You can maintain gentle pressure on the strap. After a few breaths, you main be able to lift your leg even higher. Continue using a strap until you are flexible enough grab your toe or foot as shown.

English Name: Side Reclining Leg Lift

Sanskrit Name: Anantasana

Difficulty Level: 4

Start Position: Recline on your left side

Instructions:

Step 1.

Bend your left arm and support your head with your left hand.

Step 2.

Bend your knee and curl the first two finger of your right hand around your big toe.

Step 3.

Extend your right leg up as shown or as high as it feels comfortable. Hold for a few breathes.

Step 4.

Release your foot and bring your leg slowly down to the floor. Repeat pose on the other side.

Physical Benefits:

  • Stretches wrists, arms, abdomen, and back
  • Opens up the chest
  • Stretches hamstrings
  • Strengthens legs, arms, back shoulders, and wrist

Mental Benefits

  • Reduces stress
  • Increases focus
  • Relieves mild anxiety & depression

Contraindications:

  • Shoulder, arm or wrist injury
  • Hip or leg injury
  • Hand or wrist injury
  • Neck injury

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