Rabbit Pose


What is Rabbit Pose?

Rabbit pose, or shashankasana in Sanskrit, is a beginner's inversion that brings fresh blood to the brain. From thunderbolt, the yogi bends forward and places the top of the head on the floor while lifting the hips. Aside from refreshing the mind, the pose increases spinal elasticity.


  • Begin in thunderbolt pose.
  • Grab the heels, exhale and bend forward. Place the top of the head on the floor close the the knees.
  • Lift the hips.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Inhale and slowly rise.


  • Avoid this pose if there is neck injury or high blood pressure.

Benefits of Rabbit Pose

  • Brings fresh blood the the brain
  • Increases spinal elasticity
  • Invigorates the mind
  • Prepares the yogi for the more advanced inversion of headstand

Rabbit Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Shashankasana
Pronunciation: shah-shank-AH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Bhrumadhye (Third Eye)
Pose Type: Forward Bends, Inversions

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