I am really loving this posture these days. It’s such an incredible stretch into your whole body. It’s not an easy posture so if you struggle to do the full posture (8/10 difficulty level) then try Supported Bridge pose which has similar benefits but is not as challenging.
You will find that the more you practice yoga, the easier the advanced pose will become.
And then when you get really good, you can do this…
- Stretches the chest and lungs
- Strengthens the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine
- Stimulates the thyroid and pituitary
- Increases energy and counteracts depression
- Therapeutic for asthma, back pain, infertility, and osteoporosis
You should hold the posture for about 5 breaths. Slowly release the pose by tucking your chin into your chest and then gradually uncurling the spine onto the ground. Be sure to neutralize the spine before moving onto a counter-pose (usually a forwardbend). A good posture for neutralizing the spine is Supta Badhha Konasana:
- Back injury
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Heart problems
- High or low blood pressure
A blog from the Longevity archive by Helen Spiropoulos.