News release about safe yoga practice throughout the world.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Yoga: Three reasons you should not do Yoga posture – Reclining Hero Posture

The Reclining Hero Pose – (Supta Virasana)

Supta Virasana is an intermediate posture and for those only who can sit their buttocks relatively easily on the floor between their feet.

In Sanskrit language, ‘Supta’ means reclining or lying down; ‘Vira’ means hero and ‘Asana’ means pose or posture, hence the name - Reclining Hero posture.

The Reclining Hero posture has a remarkable effect on digestion and it is one of the yoga postures which can be done after eating.

As a counter posture for Supta Virasana the Sitting Forward Bend (Paschimottanasan) is perfect because this posture will stretch out the knees at this point.

This posture stretches the abdomen, thighs, quadriceps muscles, knees, and ankles. It helps open the hips, relieves tired legs and stimulates digestion.

It opens and expands the chest to full capacity, filling the lungs and bringing more oxygen into the system, helping those with asthma and respiratory problems.

Supta Virasana loosens up the legs in preparation for sitting in meditation postures.

For some people, the Reclining Hero posture can become a resting pose, not a stretching pose though it takes some practice and time to get to that point.

Important: To protect the lower back in this posture, it is important to avoid over-arching it during the descent.

The Reclining Hero posture (Supta Virasana) has many benefits for the practitioner. However, in three health conditions it should not be performed.

Three important reasons not to do the Reclining Hero posture:

1) If you have any problems with your back avoid this posture.

2) If you have injury or problems with your knees do not perform this posture as it places lots of stress on the knees.

3) If you have problem with your ankles do not do this posture.

Caution: Always check with your doctor if you have any doubts or concerns regarding the suitability of this pose for you. The reader of this article should exercise all precautions before deciding to attempt this posture.

Issued in the interest of people practicing Hatha Yoga by Subodh Gupta, Yoga Expert based in London.

Mr.Subodh Gupta, a Corporate Yoga Trainer has conducted more than 500 workshops on Yoga and Stress Management. He has been interviewed by various TV channels in India and London.

For reaching to Subodh Gupta Yoga website and for Subodh Gupta Corporate yoga webpage