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