Uttanapadasana - The Raised Leg Pose
In Sanskrit, "Uttana" means 'raised' and "Pada" means 'feet'. In this yoga posture, the feet are raised up.
- Lie down on the floor on your back with your legs straight and joined together.
- Keep your hands on either side, palms facing down.
- Inhale and raise both the legs from the ground.
- Knees should be straight and toes pointing outward.
- Keep raising your legs till they are perpendicular to the ground.
- Fix your gaze at the toes.
- Maintain this posture for as long as you can, breathing normally.
- Exhale and lower your legs gradually.
Variation: You can also perform this pose by raising one leg at a time.
- Waist and thighs lose fat and get trimmer.
- The muscles of the abdomen and lower back become stronger.
- Leg muscles are stretched and toned.
- Regular practice of Uttanapadasana improves digestion.