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Anantāsana / अनन्तासन / Posture of Ananta
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infinity-pose- variation with both legs lifted and not grabbing onto the big toe

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


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. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Sinha, S.C. (1 June 1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  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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