Knees to Chest Apanasana
Lie on the floor on your back.
Bring your knees to your chest and clasp them with your hands.
practitioners and yoga therapists often recommend this pose
for the following conditions:
- Releases tension
in the lower back. May be helpful for sciatic nerve pain.
- Stimulates peristalsis
which helps to relieve constipation.
- Author and yoga
therapist Mukunda Stiles notes in his book, Structural
Yoga Therapy, that holding this pose for 10 to 30 minutes
may relieve back spasms.
- Often recommended
for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
I like to do this
pose with both knees first, followed by just the left knee
to the chest and then just the right knee. My left leg has
more tension than my right leg so I hold that pose a little
longer to try to get the muscles more balanced.
A deceptively easy
pose that may have many therapeutic benefits, especially for
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