Vakrasana- This is an important asana for reducing abdominal fat and stretching the thigh muscles it also helps to strengthen the nervous system and helps in overcoming spinal injuries. It is derived from a Sanskrit word in which Vakra means twisted and asana means posture. The trunk of the body is twisted on either side and is practised in a sitting position.
Steps to do Vakrasana
Sit erect on the yoga mat or floor so that the spine is at 90degrees to the ground.
Both legs should be stretched forward
Bend the right leg at the knee straight and stretched and place the foot by the side of the left leg.
Keep your right hand behind resting the palm on the ground. In align with the right leg but away from the body
Inhale and keep the left hand shoulder high on the right leg by keeping the elbow straight.
Exhale and twist towards the right hand side.
Keep the face relaxed and keep breathing normally
Hold the position for 2mins.
Relax and get back to the original position.
Repeat the position on the other side.
Take a deep breath and relax.
Precaution while doing vakrasana
It is advised that pregnant women should avoid doing this asana as it presses the abdomen. Women should also avoid doing during menstruation.
People with back pain in the back, hip, shoulders or neck should avoid doing this asana.
This asana is not recommended to people suffering from hernia or Ulcer. Consult a physician before doing this asana.
Benefits of Vakrasana
Helps in loosening the spine muscles. removes stiffness in the back.
Helps to overcome constipation.
Reduces the belly fat, loosens the hip joints and helps in releasing stiffness from the body.
Helps in controlling diabetes. For best results diabetic patients should do twice in a day.
Helps in regulating the secretion of digestive juices and also helps in various digestive disorders.