The Rabbit Pose in the Bikram Hot Yoga Series or called Sasangasana in Sanskrit follows the deep backward bend of the Camel Pose with a deep forward bend which helps improve moment in the spine. The meaning of Sasangasana translating from Sanskrit to English breaks down as follows: Sasaka which has the meaning of "rabbit" and Asana has the meaning of "pose".
An interesting fact about Rabbit Pose in the Bikram Series is that it is the only pose that the dialogue calls for the allowance of using a prop. This is when they suggest that if you are struggling establish a grip you are able to use a towel. The Rabbit Pose helps you round and lengthen the back of the body and compress and compact the front of the body. Lets get right into it and discuss how to do the Rabbit Pose in the Bikram Hot Yoga Series properly.
To start the Rabbit Pose come to the middle of the mat and sit on your knees with the tops of your feet into the floor. Sit back into your heels and establish a grip by grabbing your feet from the outside and press your finger tips into the bottom of the feet. The thumbs should be on the outside and fingers on the inside of the feet. Have your palms flat on your heels.
You can bring your towel over your feet and then establish your grip in order to get a better hold. This is the foundation of the whole posture and you need to hold the grip on the heels through out the posture even if it means sacrificing depth in the posture. It is the grip which gives you the stretching sensation inside the pose. Slightly tuck your chin to your chest and round your spine forward. You need to keep your spine rounding through out the posture.
Try bringing your forehead to your knees to the best of your ability but if you can not do that do not sweat it just bring your forehead as close to your knee as much as you possibly can. If you can not get your forehead to your knees it may help if you walk your knees forward a little bit to make contact. Have the top of your head gently resting on the floor but do not jam it. The chin is only slightly tucked and should be only a few inches away from the chest. Make sure your spine is rounded and lifting and along with your hips and tailbone.
Try and straighten out your elbows and notice your shoulders rolling shoulders up your back. Eventually you will have full extension of your arms. You need to press your heels together and the tops of your feet consistently press into the floor. You need to make sure you are breathing calmly through out the whole, entire posture. After ten seconds round back up the same way you came in and the chin releases at the very end. You should hold onto the grip of the feet till you get to top and get into your Savasana. In the Bikram Hot Yoga Series you are doing two sets at ten seconds a piece of the Rabbit Pose which may not seem like much but in reality has immense benefits for your body and overall health. Try doing your Rabbit Pose and notice the results for yourself. Namaste !
The Rabbit Pose in the Bikram Hot Yoga Series is a deep forward bending posture that is meant to counteract the deep backward bend of the Camel Pose. The key to the whole posture is establishing a proper grip that will help give you that stretching sensation you are looking for inside the pose. You need to make sure the chin is slightly tucked to the chest and your spine is rounded and lifting the whole time. To repeat HOLD THE GRIP ON THE FEET FOR THE DURATION OF THE POSE.