Shashankasana resembles a ‘Hare’ in its final stages and hence the name. Since it has a calming effect on the body and mind, it is also called Sashankasana, Sashanka meaning moon in Sanskrit. It is a popular posture to cure any back related troubles and when practiced regularly can be a boon to tired backs and those with back-related pain. It is a beginner’s pose and can be performed by all age groups.
How to get into this pose
After learning about how to practice the pose, it is time to learn about the health benefits of Hare pose.
7 Health Benefits of Sashankasana
Who Should Avoid this Pose?
Tips to Reap the Benefits of Hare Pose
Make sure to perform this asana on an empty stomach and with bowels cleared to reap full health benefits of Hare pose. It is advisable to have the last meal at least four to six hours before performing the asana. After complete digestion of the food, there’s enough energy left in the body to use during the practice of the asana.
Variations of Sashankasana
Given the flexibility of this asana, there are various variations and one of them is by placing the hands at the back rather than placing them at the front.
Precautions to Follow During the Practice
In the final stages, the buttocks touch the heels and lifting of buttocks to touch the forehead to the ground is not permitted. It is recommended to move as far as comfortable without giving undue strain to the body and without moving it.