While performing reclining hero pose, one may also stretch the hands upward. Alternatively, one may fold the arms behind the head on the floor, holding each elbow with the opposite hand. Initially, props may be used under the back and head to ease into the posture while leaning backward.
Reclining hero pose stretches the thighs, back and abdomen. It improves spine flexibility, supports digestion and relieves digestive disorders. It may also alleviate menstrual discomfort, promote blood flow to the hips, and relieve headaches and asthmatic conditions.