Makarasana - The Crocodile Pose
"Makar" is Sanskrit for 'crocodile'.
- Lie down on the floor on your stomach with your hands on the sides. Your chin and chest should also be touching the ground.
- Stretch out both legs to full length.
- Separate both legs and place them on the floor such that the toes are pointing outwards and heels inwards.
- The feet should be at right angles to the legs.
- Raise your head and trunk.
- Take your right hand under the left shoulder.
- Hold the left shoulder gently with your right hand.
- Grasp the right shoulder with your left hand gently.
- The two hands should be making a double triangle one above the other.
- Place your forehead on the triangle. Your face should be within the space created by both arms.
- Close your eyes and relax your whole body.
- Practice abdominal breathing. Remain in this position as long as you are comfortable.
- Turn over.
- Lie on your back and start again.
- Makarasana is the perfect pose for relaxation of both mind and body.
- It helps relieve fatigue after a strenuous yoga session.
- The asana helps keep control over high blood pressure.
- Breathing problems and genito-urinary disorders are cured.
- Makarsana is beneficial to the digestive system.
- It helps get rid of flatulence and scoliosis.