Opening the front of my body has never been a problem. In a Bikram class when I was starting out years ago, I went right into Supta Virasana. The teacher came over to check things out, to make sure it was right. I was thinking it definitely wasn't, but she nodded and said Well, well. Or something like that. I actually don't remember what she said, but it was something that intoned, Well at least you're good at that pose. (I really liked this teacher, and she was nice and great by the way).
So naturally, because I don't need it as much as others, I don't do this pose very much. But now I've found new use for it as I work with Kapotasana.
But the main thing for me is that although it is not a huge challenge all the time, it is so relieving during one particular time of the month. Reclined Hero makes me feel like a champ while experiencing PMS. I've tried them all because I get PMS like a mother. For real.
Some poses are so easy for some people. Some poses are so damn hard for other people. I struggle especially with arm balances. Upper body strength has never been my forte. But they are so good for me! Because they challenge me to create what I don't have.
Supta Virasana or Reclining Hero Pose, is good for so many other conditions too (so yes I do really need it):
- Head cold
- PMS symptoms and aches
- Intestinal gas and discomfort
- High blood pressure
- Digestive issues
- Respiratory problems
AND SO ON! Let's do it--
Serious back, knee or ankle issues should avoid this pose in its full capacity.
1. First you gotta come into Virasana. Sitting on the floor, seat on your feet, bring your feet to the outside of your seat, framing your seat. Toes are pointing straight behind you. On either side of your hips, your feet are parallel. Knees are together. Thighs remain parallel throughout the rest of the posture. IF you need blanket, block or both to raise your seat to get your knees together or you are really, really feeling this. HARD. Don't move on. Stay and work on Virasana.
2. if you are moving on, place your hands behind your seat, lift your heart. If you can do more, lower onto your elbows behind you. If you feel you can move on, lower onto your back. If you can do more, lift your arms so they are perpendicular the floor, from there, see if you can lay arms on the floor behind your head, reaching straight and long behind you. Rotate armpits toward the ceiling. (It's okay if your knees come apart a bit, just make sure that aren't splaying out violently, no farther than hip-distance).
3. Try a strap around your thighs to keep them together. You can also try a bolster or blankets underneath your back if you can't go all the way down.
Enjoy! For 3-4 minutes or so. As long as you can stay.
Love to y'all. Namaste in every way.