Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Stretch Yoga Pose) – 17 Benefits

What is Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Stretch Yoga Pose)

  • This is a variation of the sitting pose, Virasana
  • in this asana, you rest your torso on the floor.
  • Supta means “lying down” in Sanskrit, while vira translates as “hero” or “champion.”
  • athletes, and all those who are on their feet for long periods, will find this asana helpful, since the legs receive an intense and invigorating stretch.
  • if you practice this pose last thing at night, your legs will feel rested and rejuvenated in the morning.

Benefits of Supta Virasana

  1. Helps reduce heart disorders
  2. Stretches the abdomen, back, and waist
  3. Relieves rheumatic pain and pain in the upper, middle, and lower back
  4. Eases osteoarthritis of the knees
  5. Aids digestion after a heavy meal
  6. Soothes stomach ulcers
  7. Relieves the symptoms of asthma
  8. Reduces menstrual pain, and helps treat disorders of the ovaries
  9. Helps prevent arterial blockages by gently massaging and strengthening the heart and increasing coronary blood flow
  10. Increases the elasticity of lung tissue enhances resistance to infections
  11. relieves indigestion, acidity, and flatulence
  12. Corrects a prolapsed uterus, and tones the pelvic organs
  13. relieves lower backaches
  14. reduces inflammation in the knees
  15. relieves gout
  16. relieves pain in the legs and feet and rests them, alleviating the effects of long hours of standing
  17. Helps correct flat feet

Contraindications and Cautions

  • People with Arthritis of the ankles, or spinal disc disorders should practice this asana with props
  • Women should place a bolster under the back during menstruation.

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