How to practice:
- Sit on a mat with legs stretched out with thighs, knees, ankles and feet together.
- Keeping back and neck erect; rest on your buttock bones.
- Pull stomach in, open chest and tilt slightly forward
- With exhale grab big toes with your fingers (beginners may bend knees to hold big toes)
- As you inhale tighten your stomach muscles and lift your legs up (continue holding your toes)
- Open your legs 2ft distance apart and look up
- Balance on your pelvis, focus your gaze at a point
- Hold the pose as long as you are comfortable
- Repeat the cycle 3-4 times
- Tones and strengthens chest, thigh, hips, neck and shoulder
- Stretches and strengthens spine, arms and legs
- Relieves gastro-intestinal discomfort
- Tones and strengthens abdominal muscles and the pelvic region
- Therapeutic for people suffering from diabetes
- Improves blood circulation
- Improves the function of kidney, thyroid and prostate glands
- Sharpens the sense of balance
This posture should not be performed by people suffering from slip discs, hernia, ulcer, migraine and low or high blood pressure.