September 4, 2014

#EverybodyYoga Day 4: Side-Reclining Leg Lift

of the
#EveryBodyYoga Challenge

Pose #4 - Side-Reclining Leg Lift | Sleeping Vishnu Pose

Side-Reclining Leg Lift may look relaxing but looks can be deceiving. This pose actually requires a tremendous amount of core activity... and  involves the obvious hip and hamstring stretch. It's all about balance, I mean you are resting on a fairly narrow part of your body - no matter your size. I think the benefits of this stretch compare to doing several crunches - a win for me since I hate doing real crunches. Sleeping Vishnu Pose is known to tone the abdomen and can also help reduce lower back pain. While maintaining balance in Side-Reclining Leg Lift is tough, it's only because it requires a calm and clear mind - once you master your mind this pose will help you reduce stress and anxiety! Another great reason to incorporate this little gem into your daily yoga routine!

Side-Reclining Leg Lift is pretty self explanatory but just in case - a quick explanation:
Lying on your right side, legs straight in line with your torso; extend your right arm comfortably and lay the right side of your head into your right hand. Allow your arm to stretch away from your torso to increase the stretch in your arm. Keep the outside of your right foot pressing into the floor. Bend your left leg at the knee and draw it in toward your torso. Clasp your left big toe with your first two fingers and thumb. Extend your left leg up toward the ceiling, reaching through your heel. Continue to breathe smoothly. Maintain your balance as much as possible without rolling one direction or the other. I typically try to hold this pose for about a minute.


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