Ugrasana - The Difficult Pose
The word "Ugra" refers to 'difficulty' or 'frightening'. This posture poses difficulty to the practitioner and hence the name.
- Sit down erect on the floor with the legs stretched out in front.
- Spread both your legs as far apart as you can.
- Stretch your arms to hold the big toes of the respective feet.
- Slowly bend your trunk forward and touch your forehead on the ground.
- Keep both legs straight without bending the knees.
- Hold this position for a few seconds.
- Return to sitting position by first raising your head and then releasing the big toe.
Note: Beginners should not strain in order to touch the forehead to the ground.
- If you suffer from ulcer or chronic constipation, do not practice this pose.
- This pose makes the abdomen stronger.
- The back muscles get stretched and toned.
- It tones up kidneys, stomach, liver and other abdominal organs.
- The excess fat around the abdomen is reduced by practicing this asana.