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Anantasana (Sanskrit: अनन्तासन; IAST: Anantāsana), Vishnu's Couch Pose,[1] Eternal One's Pose, or Side-Reclining Leg Lift[2] is an asana.


Vishnu resting on the serpent Ananta-Shesha, with his wife Lakshmi massaging his feet. Painting c. 1870

The name comes from the Sanskrit words anantā (अनन्त) meaning "without end" or "the infinite one", derived from the name of the thousand-headed serpent Sesa upon which Vishnu rested at the bottom of the primordial ocean,[3] and Asana (आसन, Āsana) meaning "posture" or "seat".[4]


Anantāsana involves balance, pelvis, hip, leg adductor muscle, promote blood circulation in the leg muscles.[5]

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  1. ^ "Anantasana". Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  2. ^ "Yoga Journal - Side-Reclining Leg Lift". Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  3. ^ Iyengar, B. K. S. (1977). Light on yoga: yoga dipika. Schocken Books. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-8052-1031-6.
  4. ^ Sinha, S. C. (1 June 1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9.
  5. ^ Kaminoff, Leslie (2007). Yoga Anatomy. Human Kinetics. pp. 160–1. ISBN 978-0-7360-8218-1. Retrieved 9 April 2011.

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