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Makarasana Yoga advantages, poses and benefits

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The Sanskrit meaning of the term, ‘Makara’ is crocodile. Makarasana brings about complete relaxation.
Methodology of Makarasana Yoga

  • Remain flat face down on the ground.
  • Your abdomen, chest and chin should be touching the exercise mat.
  • Stretch out your legs.
  • The arms will be lying on either sides.
  • Keep the legs comfortably apart and ideally rested on the floor.
  • The heels will have to face each other.
  • Ensure that the feet edges are touching the ground.
  • Your feet must remain at right angles to your legs.
  • Keep the toes pointed outwards.
  • Now raise your head and trunk.
  • Bring the right hand under your left shoulder.
  • Lightly grasp the left shoulder with your right hand.
  • Place the left hand on the right shoulder.
  • Lightly  grasp the right shoulder with your left hand.
  • In this position, there will be a ‘double triangle’ with the folded elbows remaining above one another.
  • Your forearms will also be crossing the opposite upper arms.
  • Rest the forehead on this double triangle.
  • Dip your face in the space within the double triangle.
  • Lightly close the eyes and relax.
  • Practise abdominal breathing.
  • Stay in this position till you feel comfortable.
  • Gradually resume the sitting position.

Advantages of Makarasana Yoga

  • Flatulence and scoliosis are prevented.
  • The small intestines are stimulated. This aids the digestive process.
  • High blood pressure is reduced.
  • Genito-urinary disorders are cured.
  • Breathing problems are solved.
  • This asana is ideal after any strenuous work or asana.

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