How to Do the Yoga-with-Weights Rabbit Exercise - dummies

How to Do the Yoga-with-Weights Rabbit Exercise

By Sherri Baptiste, Megan Scott

The Rabbit is a restorative pose. It is a great pose to work in to a particularly strenuous yoga-with-weights workout because it will help you recharge your batteries. This exercise reinvigorates your back and spine and massages your internal organs.

Grab your ankle weights for this exercise and follow these steps:

  1. Sit with your knees bent so your buttocks are resting on your heels, and place the ankle weights on your thighs.

    This is the starting position.

  2. Make the trunk of your body as long as you can make it, and grasp your heels with your hands.

  3. Lower your trunk onto your thighs.

    Tuck your chin gently to keep your airway open. Rest your forehead on the floor if you can. Draw your belly in and up and your tailbone down for support, and let your shoulders widen and stretch.

  4. Feel your back stretching as you take four to eight long, slow breaths.

    Focus on relaxing while your back stretches.

  5. Raise your trunk to the starting position.

Try putting the ankle weights on your back to give yourself a better stretch. You’ll need some help from a friend with this variation in order to lay the weights across your back in a way that keeps them in place.