Shashankasana - Moon Yoga Pose

17 October 2023 by
Editorial team

Shashankasana, derived from the Sanskrit word for “moon,” is a gentle yoga pose that promotes relaxation and flexibility. It is also known as the “Hare Pose.” Here’s how to practice it:

Position of Readiness:

  1. Begin by sitting in Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose). Kneel down with your big toes touching and sit on your heels. Keep your spine straight and hands resting on your thighs.


  1. Take a deep breath and raise both your hands in line with your head, palms facing each other.
  2. While exhaling, bend forward from your hips, allowing your forehead to touch the ground. Keep your arms extended.
  3. Maintain this position as long as it feels comfortable. Focus on your breath and relax.
  4. Slowly come back to the Vajrasana position by inhaling.
  5. Take a moment to rest, and then repeat the asana.

Daily Practice:

  • Shashankasana can be performed three to five times in succession. It’s an excellent way to start or end your yoga practice.


  • Abdominal Exercise: Shashankasana engages the lower abdomen, helping to strengthen and tone the core muscles.
  • Digestive Health: The forward bend stimulates the digestive organs, aiding digestion and relieving constipation.
  • Spinal Flexibility: Regular practice can alleviate stiffness in the spine.
  • Calming Effect: The pose has a calming effect on the mind and nervous system.
  • Similar to Yoga-Mudra: Shashankasana shares similar benefits with Yoga-Mudra (Seated Forward Bend).


  • While touching the forehead to the ground, ensure that your buttocks remain grounded as well.

Remember to practice mindfully, listen to your body, and enjoy the soothing effects of Shashankasana! 🌙🧘‍♀️

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