Definition - What does Yoganidrasana mean?

Yoganidrasana, an Ashtanga yoga pose, is a challenging forward bend in a supine position. Derived from Sanskrit, yoga means "to unite," nidra means "sleep" and asana means "pose." It is said that yogis in ancient times slept in this pose, hence the name.

To enter the pose, lie down face up with the legs stretched. Bend the legs and place the feet on the floor a few feet from the hips. Bring the left leg toward the head by holding the foot with both hands, lift the head off the floor and place the left ankle under the head on the floor. Bring the right leg toward the head and place the right foot under the left foot so that the ankles are one above the other and the feet interlock. Place the head on the feet. Bring the hands behind the back and lock the fingers.

Yoganidrasana may also be referred to as yogic sleep pose in English.


Yogapedia explains Yoganidrasana

Yoganidrasana stretches, tones and promotes spinal health, increases spinal flexibility, tones abdominal organs, improves digestion, promotes blood circulation, relieves menopausal symptoms, strengthens the central nervous system and energizes the whole body.

Some of the mental benefits of the pose include alleviating stress, promoting calmness, improving self-control and boosting concentration levels.

Yoganidrasana activates the svadisthana chakra, which is the seat of creativity. A balanced svadisthana chakra helps to achieve emotional stability and a sense of balance. It also promotes inner strength.

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