The seventh in Mrs Summerhouse’s on-going series on yoga for retired people. Anantasana is a pose that helps clear the mind and hence has a calming effect. Given what is going on in our lives at the moment, something I will write about next time, my head is full of stuff so any strategy that helps me relax a little is very welcome. This pose has the added benefit of improving flexibility. See what you think.
Mrs SH says – this pose requires concentration and flexibility but can be modified to suit individual needs, for example, by holding lower down your leg towards the knee or thigh and working with your back close to a wall to avoid falling on your back.
Because it is a balancing pose it has the added benefit of calming the mind and because the body reclines on its side, there is no risk of falling.
Begin by lying in a straight line on the right side of your body supporting your head with your right hand (fig 1).
Bend your left leg and hold with your left hand (fig 2).
Slowly extend your left leg upwards as far and as straight as is comfortable, making any modifications at this stage (fig 3).
Balance for 20 to 30 seconds on each side, then relax flat on your back.
Breathe slowly and calmly and take notice of the effect the posture has had mentally as well as physically.