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Infinity Yoga Pose – Ananthasana

Infinity Pose or Ananthasana

Ananthasana

[ah-naath-AHS-anna]

Anantha means infinite. Lord Vishnu, a Hindu diety, was also known as Anantha.

Benefits of Infinity Pose

  • Massages and stretches the spleen and the liver, promoting detoxification and stimulating the immune system.
  • Opens the lower ribs, facilitating deeper breathing.
  • Massages the abdominal and reproductive organs through Samana Vayu.

Contraindications

  • Rest your head on a pillow or on your shoulder, keeping your head in line with the rest of your spine if you have suffered from neck injury.

Step-by-Step

  • Begin by lying on your right side with your head resting on your bottom hand.
  • Lift your left leg overhead and hold onto the back of the hamstring or the back of the knee. If your hamstrings are very flexible, you can place your hand on the sole of your foot.
  • Activate your legs by lifting your kneecaps and allowing your muscles to embrace the bones of your legs.
  • Feel an opening in the ribs and liver on the right side of the body.
  • Enjoy a sense of detoxification as the liver is stretched.
  • Feel the massage of the pancreas, stomach, and spleen on the left side of the body.
  • Notice as your immune system stimulated by the massage of the spleen.
  • Feel the armpits lift up into their domes ever so subtly while you relax the shoulders down over the armpits.
  • Maintain length in the neck.
  • Keep the front and the back side of the shoulders equally wide.
  • Gently release the leg back to the ground.

Preparatory Poses

Counter Poses