Reclining Sidebend is a restorative pose that stretches the entire length of the side body and improves mobility in the spine and shoulders. It commonly comes at the end of the class, before or after Final Resting pose but you could also practice it at the beginning. You may also hear it referred to as Banana pose or even bananasana.
RECLINING SIDEBEND BENEFITS
- Stretches the obliques, intercostals, serratus anterior, lats, shoulders and triceps.
- Improves lateral spine mobility.
- Increases breathing capacity.
- Can help to alleviate lower back pain, pain in between the shoulder blades and neck pain.
- Relaxes the body and quiets the mind.
Lie on your back in Final Resting pose.
Stretch your arms up overhead and take hold of opposite elbows. Shift your feet and upper body over to the right and feel a gentle stretch down the left-hand side of your body. Try to keep both shoulders flat on the mat.
Hold the pose for several slow, deep breaths on each side. Breathe deep into the sides of your rib cage, letting go of tension on every exhalation.
- Avoid this pose if you have back or shoulder injury