Ananthasana (Sleeping Vishnu Pose) is part of the intermediate as well as sleep balancing yoga pose. That is commonly found in the Hip opening yoga sequences. It provides a stretches to your hamstrings, legs and inner thighs as well. And also refers to deep breathing exercise in classical Yoga. It helps the practitioner with multiple health and environment benefits. 

Yoga is an ancient practice in India; Lord Vishnu is believed to endow Yoga to the world. In Hindu and yogic mythology, Anantasana name comes from the Sanskrit Language, which has a wonderful meaning “without end” or “the infinite one”. Ananta derived from the name of the thousand-headed serpent (also known as Shesh Naga) upon whom Lord Vishnu rested. This asana is a symbol of the laced position of Lord Vishnu on the left hand. If you look at the reason for calling this asana infinite asana, then in the Puranas, Lord Vishnu has also been called infinite. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita 10.29, “Among serpents, I am Ananta.” That is why Vishnu Asana is also called Anantasana. In English also known by many other names- Vishnu’s Couch Pose, Eternal One’s Pose, or Side-Reclining Leg Lift Pose.

How to Do Ananthasana (Side Reclining Leg Lift Pose)

  • Begin by Makarasana or Nakarasana (Crocodile Pose).
  • After this, inhale and turn towards the left side, bend the left arm and balance your body on the left elbow.
  • Now, put your head on your left palm for supporting.
  • Stretch both legs out completely lying on the left side of the back and hips.
  • Try to maintain your whole body in one line from elbow to heels. Without rolling forward or backwards.
  • Now, Inhale and raise the right leg and hand up with a stretch, and take hold the right toe with right fingers.
  • In this position straighten your right leg toward the ceiling as much as possible.
  • With Inhalation to loosen the grip at the toes and with exhalation to stretch the leg and maintaining the body in balance.
  • Maintain the final pose for about 6 breathing.
  • Inhale, bring the leg and hand down with the knees bent. 
  • Rest again in Makarasana.
  • Turn towards the other side and repeat the same process.

Benefits of Ananthasana (Side Reclining Leg Lift Pose)

Anantasana benefit is best for all yoga practitioners, no matter what their age. Practice this yoga daily, will yield better results.

  • Anantasana helps to reduce the belly fat at the hips, arm and thighs.
  • It provides a good stretch to the legs, shoulder muscles, thighs, pelvic floor muscles, groin muscles, biceps and triceps, and entire body.
  • It is also beneficial to relieve mental stress, depression as well as calms the mind.
  • According to yogic philosophy, its stimulation of the Muladhara (root) chakra (houses the Kundalini Shakti), which is associated with grounding energy as well as keep the mind and the body stable.
  • Ananthasana practice is best for women who can fight symptoms related to menstruation or menopause.
  • It also promotes blood circulation and the internal organs like kidney, stomach, liver, heart, liver, uterus,  etc Avoid this pose if you have pain in the back, shoulder, and neck.
  • It is a reclined asana that helps relieve fatigue.
  • Apart from that, this pose also activates the Sacral (Swadisthana) Chakra, that helps in relieving mental stress.

Precaution

Anantasana (Side Reclining Leg Lift Pose) may be good for your health, but here are some precautions that Anantasana will bring about.

  • According to the experts, this asana is considered best when yogi practised early in the morning. Mornings are preferred as the food is digested as well as the body has the energy to perform the asana. Due to some reason, you cannot practice it in the morning, you can practice this asana in the evening as well. But at least keep 3-5 hour gap between your practice and meal.
  • As a result, In the case of the knee and any kind of injury must avoid practising this asana.
  • If you suffering from high and low blood pressure avoid this asana.
  • Avoid this pose if you have pain in back, shoulder, and neck.
  • During practice, if you find any pain or discomfort, please exit the pose and ask for the expert’s guidance and doctor’s advice.

Preparatory Poses

Preparatory Poses for Anantasana are Parighasana (Gate Pose), Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose), and Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining Big Toe Pose).

Follow-up Pose

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