Asanas Practice

SHASHANKASANA (POSE OF THE MOON OR HARE POSE)

The Sanskrit word shashank means 'moon' -hence the name of the asana. It is also commonly called the hare pose because in the final position it imitates a bounding hare.

One often wonders why it is called the moon pose for it does not appear to have any obvious connection or resemblance to the moon. However, the reason is simple. The word shashank is derived from the two words shash, which means 'hare' and ank, which means 'lap'. Why? Because it is said that the dark patches on a full moon resemble the shape of a hare with the moon in its lap. We leave this to the reader's imagination.

There is another reason for the name the moon pose. The moon symbolizes calmness and peace. It emits soothing vibrations, and who among us has not felt tranquillity when gazing at the moon? Shashankasana is a wonderful practice for dissolving even the most overwhelming anger.

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