Pendant Pose

Definition - What does Pendant Pose mean?

Pendant pose is an intermediate arm-balancing and core-strengthening posture.

With the ankles crossed, the practitioner sits back on the heels in a variation of thunderbolt pose, then places the hands alongside the legs. From there, the torso and shoulders curl forward until the body forms a ball, and the arms extend to raise the legs off the ground. With the body tucked into a ball, it rocks between the arms like a swing.

Pendant pose is also known by its Sanskrit name, lolasana.

Yogapedia explains Pendant Pose

It wasn't until the 20th century at pendant pose gained status as an asana. Previously, it was known jhula, an exercise in Indian gymnastics.

Practicing pendant pose offers the following benefits:

  • Improves balance.
  • Aids digestion by massaging the abdominal organs.
  • Strengthens wrists, arms, shoulders and back muscles.
  • Develops abdominal muscles.
  • Improves concentration.

Preparatory postures are key to safely and correctly practicing pendant pose. Among the postures that prepare the core and upper-body muscles are downward-facing dog pose, plank pose, boat pose, cow face pose and side plank pose.

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