World Yoga Day: PM Modi Promotes Rabbit Pose; Benefits and Precautions

In anticipation of World Yoga Day on June 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared an AI-generated video of himself demonstrating the ‘Rabbit Pose’ or Shashankasana on social media. This beginner-level pose, also known as the ‘child’s pose,’ is often recommended for stress relief and symbolizes deep relaxation following intense physical activity. Here are some benefits and precautions related to the pose:

Benefits of Rabbit Pose:

Tension Relief: The forward bend and gentle stretches relieve tension in the back, hips, ankles, and thighs. The deep breathing involved promotes relaxation.

Improved Flexibility: Regular practice under guidance enhances flexibility in the ankles, knees, hips, and spine.

Digestive Aid: It can relieve constipation, stimulate better digestion, and improve blood flow in the abdomen. Some practitioners also report developing better eating habits.

Who Should Avoid Rabbit Pose:

Individuals with high blood pressure, spinal issues, vertigo, dizziness, or recent injuries to the knees, ankles, or hips.

Those with digestive issues like hernia or ulcers.

Pregnant women.

People with mild respiratory issues may find breathing in this pose challenging.

It is crucial to practice Shashankasana mindfully and under the guidance of a credible instructor to avoid potential risks and maximize benefits.

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