Prone Pose

Definition - What does Prone Pose mean?

Prone pose is a restorative posture lying on the stomach that is typically used for resting, to calm the mind and to settle the breath. It is the opposite of corpse pose, which is practiced lying on the back, and is sometimes called reverse corpse pose.

To enter prone pose, rest on the stomach with the forehead resting on the mat. The legs extend straight and the arms extend forward alongside the ears, palms down.

Prone pose is also known as advasana in Sanskrit.

Prone Pose

Yogapedia explains Prone Pose

Prone pose is most commonly used during asana practice as a restorative break or just after practice in order to still the body and mind. The breath should be rhythmic yet natural.

In addition to providing a rest, prone pose has these benefits:

  • Reduces stress, fatigue and anxiety
  • Helps correct a stooped back
  • Eases neck stiffness
  • May ease pain from slipped disc or other back pain
  • Helps control blood pressure
  • Improves posture
  • Improves digestion

A blanket may be used to ease any minor discomforts during the pose. A blanket under the forehead or just below the chest may help breathing. A blanket below the knees can take pressure off the knees.

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