Starting Position:
Sit with legs straight

on the whole body

coordinated with the movement and held whilst in the posture

3 times on each side

Sit with legs straight and turn the body onto the right side. The legs are straight, one on top of the other, and the left hand rests on the left thigh. >Support the body with the right arm which is straight and perpendicular to the floor. With closed eyes, be aware of the whole body. Opening the eyes to look at a fixed point in front will help balance. >Bending the right arm, lower the body to the floor and support the head in the right hand. Keep the body in one plane with the legs out straight. Now bend the right arm, place the elbow on the floor and rest the head on the right hand. >Inhaling bend the left leg, hold the big toe and straighten the leg vertically upwards. If it is not possible to straighten the leg, hold the ankle, calf or knee and then straighten the leg. >Hold the breath for a short time in this position. >Exhale, lower the leg. >Turn onto left side and repeat the exercise.

Stretches the sides of the body and improves flexibility of the hips. Strengthens arms and improves sense of balance. Stimulates kidney function. This exercise opens the respiratory passages and therefore can be helpful for frontal sinus problems. The concentration required in this practice helps to calm and balance body and mind.

Avoid this Asana if kidney stones are present.

Asana is included in the following categories:
Asanas and Exercises to Support Renal Activity
Asanas and Exercises to Improve Mobility of the Hip Joint
Asanas and Exercises to Improve Balance