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The internal rotation of the upper legs and knees is opposite to the movement involved in Lotus Yoga Pose; as such, it both loosens the hips, knees and ankles in preparation for the Lotus and acts as a mild counterpose. The Hero is also the starting Yoga Position for several forward bends, backward bends, and twists. </P><H4 class='Asana'> How to reach the stretch </H4><P class='Asana'> <UL type=1><LI>Start in a kneeling position. <LI>Keep the knees together as you separate the feet bringing your butt down to the floor between your feet. <LI>Make sure that you are not sitting on the feet, but between them. <LI> Make sure the feet stay pointed straight back, not inwards or outwards.</UL></P><H4 class='Asana'> How to release the stretch </H4><P class='Asana'> <UL type=1>Release the posture and relax in any comfortable pose.</UL></P><H4 class='Asana'> Benefits </H4><P class='Asana'> <UL type=1><LI> Stretches the thighs, knees, and ankles. <LI> Strengthens the arches. <LI> Improves digestion and relieves gas. <LI> Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. <LI> Reduces swelling of the legs during pregnancy (through second trimester). <LI> Therapeutic for high blood pressure and asthma. </UL></P><H4 class='Asana'> Caution </H4><P class='Asana'> <UL type=1><LI> Not for the persons who have heart problems. <LI> Headache: Practice this pose lying back on a bolster. <LI> Knee or ankle injury: Avoid this pose unless you have the assistance of an experienced instructor. </UL></P><P class='Asana'> Next: <A class='Asana' href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/Virasana-2.html'>Virasana-2</A></P><BR>&nbsp;<table><TR><TD><script type="text/javascript"><!-- google_ad_client = "pub-4485548036268966"; google_ad_width = 234; google_ad_height = 60; google_ad_format = "234x60_as"; google_ad_type = "text_image"; //2007-01-01: Main Body google_ad_channel = "6688228232"; //--></script> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> </script></TD></TR></table><! -Main Body Ends></TD></TR></Table></TD><TD class="CntrlTbl" width="139px" bgcolor="#9A0000" valign='top'><img width="139" height="31" src='http://yoga.omgyan.com/OumRotate.gif' alt='Overview'> <! -Right Column Starts> <A class='LeftHead' Href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/asana-index.html'>Yoga Asana</A><UL class='LeftMenu' type="disc"><LI><A class='LeftMenu' Href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/Dhanurasana.html'>Dhanurasana</A><LI><A class='LeftMenu' Href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/Bhujangasana.html'>Bhujangasana</A><LI><A class='LeftMenu' Href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/Kukkutasana.html'>Kukkutasana</A><LI><A class='LeftMenu' Href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/Mayurasana.html'>Mayurasana</A><LI><A class='LeftMenu' Href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/Trikonasana.html'>Trikonasana</A><LI><A class='LeftMenu' Href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/Bakasana.html'>Bakasana</A><LI><A class='LeftMenu' Href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/Majrasana.html'>Majrasana</A><LI><A class='LeftMenu' Href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/Halasana.html'>Halasana</A><LI><A class='LeftMenu' Href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/Navasana.html'>Navasana</A><LI><A class='LeftMenu' Href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/Ardha-Chandrasana-1.html'>Ardha-Chandrasana</A><LI><A class='LeftMenu' Href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/Lolasana.html'>Lolasana</A><LI><A class='LeftMenu' Href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/Supta-Garbhasana.html'>Supta-Garbhasana</A><LI><A class='LeftMenu' Href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/Virasana-2.html'>Virasana-2<BR></A><A class='LeftMenu' Href='http://yoga.omgyan.com/posture/asana-index.html'><b>. . 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