Starting Position:
Lie on the back

on the Vishuddhi Chakra

coordinated with movement, normal breathing in the position

1–2 times

Lie on the back. >Inhaling raise the legs (straight or bent), buttocks and upper body from the floor. Support the back with the hands. Slowly extend the legs and back fully upright until the weight of the body rests on the neck, shoulders and upper arms. The chin touches the chest. Back and legs come as close as possible to a vertical line. >Breathing normally remain in this position for 1-5 minutes. >Exhaling lower the legs, bring the knees towards the head and slowly return to the starting position.

Stimulates the Vishuddhi Chakra. Aids detoxification of the body and calms the mind. Regulates function of the thyroid gland and all related organs. The inverted posture of the body stimulates blood supply, thus revitalising all cells of the body. Encourages venous return and is especially good for swollen legs.

Avoid this Asana with a hyperactive thyroid, high blood pressure or pain in the cervical spine. Children under 14 years of age should not hold the position for any length of time.

Asana is included in the following categories:
Asanas and Exercises to Activate the Thyroid Gland
Asanas and Exercises to Aid Venous Return