If you ever find yourself stranded at night on a mountainside, this is the pose to adopt as it can reduce heat loss from the body by 50%. This position is also known as Wind-Relieving Pose  as the pressure of the thighs against the intestines helps the body release gas. Apana literally means “air that moves away”. It is excellent for babies and children when they are suffering from ‘colicky pains’. I use it as in-between pose to massage out the lower back and recuperate from more strenuous positions.

  • Lie on your back. Bring both knees in towards the chest. Clasp the hands below the knees.
  • Breathing regularly, make little circles with the knees going in one direction and then go back in the other direction.
  • Continue until you feel you have ironed out all the little niggles of tension in the lower back.
STOP! The knees need to be taken further apart in the later stages of pregnancy.
Variation:
  • Cross your right ankle over the left ankle and bring the soles of your feet in towards the backs of the thighs.
  • Rock from side to side very gently.
  • Change the crossing of the feet and repeat.

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