Rabbit Pose

Definition - What does Rabbit Pose mean?

Rabbit pose is a yoga posture that stretches the arms and spine, improves their elasticity and flexibility, and relieves tightness in the neck and shoulders.

To enter this pose, the practitioner sits on the heels and grabs hold of them. The spine rounds so that the top of the head is placed on the mat, with the forehead touching the knees or resting as close as possible to them. The hips lift toward the ceiling as the spine rolls forward so that the arms are straight.

Rabbit pose may also be referred to by its Sanskrit name, sasangasana.

Yogapedia explains Rabbit Pose

Rabbit pose stretches the spine very gently and slowly, vertebrae by vertebrae. It lengthens the spine, corrects its alignment, and improves the whole posture of the body. It stimulates the thyroid, compresses the throat, and improves hormone imbalances by stimulating the endocrine system.

Practicing rabbit pose also helps with digestion and can treat depression and insomnia. It's a counter pose to the back-bending camel pose (ustrasana), and is closely related to child's pose (balasana).

This is a good pose for beginners, but a folded blanket can be placed under the knees or head in order to protect them from extraneous pressure, if necessary. More advanced practitioners may deepen the pose by reaching the hands toward the sky instead of keeping them on the heels.

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