Talasana - Palm-Tree Pose
"Tal" refers to 'palm tree' in Sanskrit. In this pose the upper part of the body is extended straight up like a palm tree.
- Stand erect with your legs shoulder-width apart.
- The toes should be pointing outwards.
- Inhale deeply and raise your hands above the head.
- Keep the palms facing each other.
- Raise your heels from the ground.
- Standing on your toes, exhale slowly.
- Keeping yourself well-balanced on the toes, stretch your arms further up as you inhale.
- Try raising your heels and stretching your body to the optimum level.
- Bend your neck and head backwards and look up.
- Stay in this position till you feel uncomfortable.
- Exhale slowly and return to starting position by lowering the arms and simultaneously lowering the heels.
- Bring the neck and head forward.
- This yoga pose straightens the spinal column and thus any abnormal curvature can be rectified.
- The lung capacity increases.
- Regular practice of Talasana not only strengthens your body but also makes it supple and flexible.
- The upper body is totally stretched.
- The respiratory muscles become firmer.
- This yoga posture strengthens the muscles of the neck, lower back, abdomen and pelvis.