Definition - What does Sucirandhrasana mean?

Sucirandhrasana is a hip-opening asana that stretches the hip flexors and lower back. From Sanskrit, suci means "needle" and randhra means "loop."

To enter the pose, begin by lying down on the back. Bring the knees in toward the chest. Cross the right ankle over the left thigh, allowing the right knee to drop gently open to the side. Reaching both hands around either side of the left thigh, bring them into a clasp. Mindfully pull the left knee toward the chest while continuing to drop the right knee open. Hold for several breaths then release and repeat on the opposite side.

Sucirandhrasana may also be referred to in English as eye of the needle pose.

Yogapedia explains Sucirandhrasana

Sucirandhrasana helps to open the anahata (heart) chakra. Opening the heart chakra increases self-esteem and feelings of love.

This is a gentle pose that provides the ideal opportunity to slip into a calming and meditative state of mind. It is a nice finishing pose for vinyasa sequences as it prepares the body for seated meditation and savasana.

Sucirandhrasana is regarded as a good asana for beginners and an excellent alternative to pigeon pose as it allows for more control of the intensity of the hip stretch. Practicing this asana also helps to prepare the body for more demanding variations of king pigeon pose (eka pada rajakapotasana) as well as sugarcane pose (ardha chandra chapasana).

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