Asana of the Week – IYD 2016 – 4th of 5 asanas – Sunday, June 5th. at 10:00 a.m. in Saraswati Hall –

An asana a week is to be demonstrated each Sunday from May 15th through June 12th.

This week’s asana is Ardhamatsyendrasana, which is the 4th of 6 asanas. This is to be demonstrated on Sunday June 5th at 10:00 a.m. in Saraswati Hall

The matsyendrasan takes its name after the great Matsyendra Yogi and since Ardhamatsyendrasana is not the final pose but the only the step halfway, the prefix is added to the name of final pose hence this pose is called Ardha-matsyendrasana.

Technique: With the legs fully stretched out and close to each other. Bend the right knee upon the thigh and seat its heel tight on the perineum. Draw the left leg and bend it on its knee put it over the right thigh keeping the foot flat on the ground by keeping the knee erect so that the left foot rests on the right side of the right knee towards the thigh. Twist the trunk to the left as far as possible and firmly fix the right arm-pit against the inner side (ie left side) erect knee. Fully extend the right arm, push the knee by the back of the back arm to the right and with palm take hold of the right knee cap firmly on its outside or grasp the foot or toe of the left leg. Keep the trunk erect throughout. Do not raise the right knee from the ground. Gaze at the tip of the nose. Breathe normally. Repeat the pose using the left extremities instead of the right as was done above, mutatis mutandis so that the two opposite twists would move the different vertebrate through all the available rotating space.

Duration: 5 seconds to 2 minutes.

Benefits: helps in toning the spinal nerve-roots and the sympathetic system. It gives massage and exercise to all the important muscles of the spine. Helps to adjust minor luxation of the vertebrate, lumbago and other muscular rheumatism of the back muscles. It helps relieving constipation and dyspepsia.

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