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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Makarasana - Crocodile Yoga Pose

Makarasana is also known as Crocodile Pose. Makara in Sanskrit means crocodile. While doing this yogasana, body acquires the shape of a crocodile (makara), as a result this pose this known as makarasna. It is said to bring about mental peace in all who employ its form. Most of the focus is placed on the neck and lower back but does have some effect on the upper back, the abdominals and the digestive system.

Procedure for Doing Makarasana - Crocodile Pose

  1. Lying on your yoga mat, stomach against the mat, get yourself situated. Pull your shoulders down from your ears. Most people tend to tense up in the neck and shoulder area without even realizing it.
  2. Spread your extended legs slightly apart. Your can point your feet towards one another or directly to the back.
  3. Bend your arms at the elbows and tuck your hands, palms down, under your head, which you have turned either to the right or to the left.
  4. Close your eyes and begin your deep, rhythmic breathing through your nostrils. Learn to hold your inhalations and your exhalations a little longer each time you practice yoga.
  5. Relax your face muscles, including your mouth and your brow.
  6. Focus on the various parts of your body. Instruct your back to relax, your legs, your arms, your belly, your heart, your brain, your nervous system, and so on.
  7. Note that your body will relax and you can feel it, with each exhalation.

Benefits of Doing Makarasana - Crocodile Pose

  • 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.

Precautions to be taken while doing Makarasana - Crocodile Pose

The patients with heart problems, obesity, and high blood pressure should avoid this asana.

Makarasana - Crocodile Pose Video