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How to do Shashankasana? Benefits, Precautions

Today we will practice Shashankasana and learn more about its method, benefits, and precautions. In Sanskrit, Shashank means rabbit. In this posture, your body becomes like a rabbit, so it is called Shashankaasana.
Shashank means the moon. The moon is a symbol of coolness. Therefore, it is also called Shashankasana. This asana is also known as Rabbit Pose, Hare Pose, Moon Pose in English. This asana is also called Shashank asana because Shash means rabbit. And in this posture, the shape of our body looks like a rabbit. Therefore, this asana is also called Shash Asana.

Steps of Shashankasana

How to Do Shashankasana? Benefits

(1) To do this asana, first of all, sit in the posture of Vajrasana.

(2)  Place your hands on your knees.

(3) Now spread both your knees as much as you can in a comfortable position.

(4) Make sure that your toes are touching each other.

(5) Now exhale and pull your palms forward and tilt the body.

(6) Make sure your arms are parallel and your chin is on the ground.

(7)Keeping your eyesight in front, stay in this posture for some time.

(8) Breathe normally and release.

(9) After staying in Shashankasan for some time, come up breathing and straighten your body.

(10) Now exhale and come back to Vajrasana.

(11) Now, while bending your body to one side, straighten both your legs in front and relax after coming to the relaxation posture.

Benefits of Shashankasana

How to Do Shashankasana? Benefits

(1) Shashankasan relieves constipation.

(2) And Shashankasana improves digestion.

(3) This asana also gives relief in back pain.

(4)  With regular practice of this asana, stress, irritability, anger, and many mental illnesses are removed.

(5) The practice of Shashank asana creates a stretch in the abdomen and waist.

(6) Blood operates well, the back spinal cord becomes strong, and back pain is benefited.

(7) The problem of enlarged stomach and constipation is overcome by practicing this asana.

(8) By this practice, the intestines, liver, and kidneys get strength and they can do their work easily.

(9) You will be surprised to know that this posture is very special for people who are short temper because by its practice people are able to control their anger.



(1) Patients with high blood pressure should do this asana with caution.

(2) Patients with arthritis complaints in the knee should not do this asana.

(3) If you have extreme pain in your back, please do not do this asana.

(4) As a precaution, do not practice this asana in a problem like Slip disc.

(5) While doing Shashankasana, keep in mind that if there is a serious problem in the stomach and head, do not do this posture at all.

Variations of Shashankasana

moon pose

(1) To perform the ruler posture, first, sit in Vajrasana.

(2) Move your hands behind and hold one hand with the other.

(3) Now slowly lean forward.

(4) Try to make your forehead touch the ground.

(5) Stayed a while in this posture.

(6) And take a deep breath and rise upwards. And leave the breath out.

(7) Then come back to your first state.

Duration of Pose 

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Initially, you will keep the body stable for 15 to 20 seconds, just as it will keep the body stable in this posture, in the same way, the time also kept increasing.

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How to Do Shashankasana? Benefits
1EnglishRabbit Pose, Hare Pose, Moon Pose
3Preparatory PosturesVajrasana, Dandasana, Baddh Konasana ( Bound angle posture)
4Follow up PosturesSavasana ( Corpse Posture), Supt Vajrasana (Lying Thunderbolt Posture), Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend posture)
How to Do Shashankasana? Benefits

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