Rabbit is one of the deepest forward bends that we do in the series and is done towards the end of the class. The Rabbit produces the opposite effect of the Camel, giving maximum longitudinal extension of the spine. As a result, it stretches the spine to permit the nervous system to receive proper nutrition. It also maintains the mobility and elasticity of the spine and back muscles. The Rabbit improves digestion and helps cure colds, sinus problems, and chronic tonsillitis. It has a wonderful effect on the thyroid and parathyroid glands. The pose improves flexibility of th scapula and the trapezius muscles. It’s very good for children as it helps them reach their full growth potential.
Because you can’t see yourself in the posture, it’s a good idea to get a mental image of what the posture looks like, and then try and copy the image. Remember that only about 30% or less body weight is in the head. Most of your weight is in your grip as you pull your heels, and at the same time, push against your feet.
If you feel like your body shape is not capable of doing the pose, don’t worry! Soon enough as your body starts to shift and change, the posture will come more naturally to you.