The rabbit pose is opposite to the camel pose. It is one of the forward bending poses and is very intense. This can be practiced by beginners.
This pose can be started either from child’s pose or from a kneeling down position.
Kneel down on the floor with your arms resting on the sides. Bring your buttocks to a rest on your heels. Hold your ankles with your fingers. The thumbs should be pointing outward and the tips of your fingers should be pointing inwards.
Hold your heels firmly and bring your forehead to a rest on the front of your knees. Keep rolling forward until your forehead is resting on the floor.
Now raise your hips and buttocks into the air, off your legs. This should stretch your hands and bring them to a straight position. Roll your head on the ground in such a way that the crown of your head touches the ground. Suspend the weight of your body equally between your head and your knees so you do not strain any muscles. Roll your back into a nice arch; keep your stomach tight and your heels together.
Remain in this position for 30 – 60 seconds and return to child’s pose by releasing your hands off your heels and then resting your hips and buttocks on your legs. Gently roll your head and bring your forehead to a rest on the floor.
Benefits of the rabbit pose
- The rabbit pose because of the intensity of the bend, enhances the mobility, flexibility and strength of the spine
- It is great for the functioning of the nervous system
- Relieves tension in the neck, back and the shoulders
- Increases the flow of blood to the brain
- Compresses the throat, stimulates the thyroid gland and the lymph nodes
- Balances the hormones
Therapeutically this pose improves sinusitis, colds, tonsillitis and is great for digestive problems.
As a beginner if you are unable to lift your hips and buttocks high, you can use a support or start slowly by increasing the distance between your buttocks and legs slowly with each practice.