The Crocodile Pose (Makarasana)
Benefits of the Crocodile Pose (Makarasana):
Makarasana (Crocodile Pose) stabilizes the blood pressure. Makarasana (Crocodile Pose) stimulates the urogenital system and the small intestines by subdued pressure on the abdominal section which in turn activates the digestive processes. Makarasana (Crocodile Pose) prevents scoliosis (an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine) as also gastric disorders and flatulence. This asana also relaxes the body as it relaxes all the muscles of the body and relieves fatigue after a strenuous workout. Furthermore, the Makarasana clears the breathing tract and helps in alleviating breathing trouble.
How to perform the Crocodile Pose (Makarasana):
- Lie down on the floor on your stomach with your hands on the sides, chin and chest touching the ground and 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 i.e. the feet should be at right angles to the legs.
- Raise your head and trunk and grab your right shoulder with your left hand and the right shoulder with your left hand gently.
- Place your head down in such a way that your face should be within the space created by both arms.
- Close your eyes and relax.
- Practice abdominal breathing. Remain in this position as long as you are comfortable.
Duration and repetition of the Crocodile Pose (Makarasana):
Hold the asana as long as you are comfortable.
Difficulty Level and Advancement of the Crocodile Pose (Makarasana):
Makarasana (Crocodile Pose) is a difficulty level 1 asana recommended for beginners.