Monday, February 22, 2010

Natraj Asana

 
Lord of Dance Pose

Today we are going to read about yet another balancing pose known as “Natraj asana” or the Lord of the Dance Pose. The word “Nata” means actor, dancer, while "Raj" means King thus the pose is called as “Natraj asana” or Lord of the Dance pose. This pose also points to one of the great mythological figure in Hindu religion namely Shiv, whom is also called by many by the same name.

How to do Natraj asana?

1] Start this pose by standing on the mat in Tadasana the basic standing pose. Inhale in and out.
2] Slowly shift your body weight from both the feet on to your right foot. Inhaling slowly catch hold your left foot or the left toe from behind with your left hand.
3] Slowly with a little pull from your left arm lift your left toe and your leg as much as you can. Making sure you keep the left toe preferably pointing to the sky.
3] To balance the movements of left foot, at the same time lift your right arm straight out front in air. Either you can keep it parallel to the floor or you can keep it up in the air.
5] Balance the pose for at least two to three breaths in the beginning and then come back to the normal pose.
6] Try doing it again on the other leg in the same way.

Caution:

1] It seems a very hard pose in the beginning, but do not be afraid of the complexity of this pose. If you have been working on different poses before hand and your body has been used to doing yoga one need not worried about it.
2] One of the cardinal rules that I learned while doing balancing poses is that one need to be very much focused. Try focusing on a point in front of you and try this pose. Balancing would not be difficult for you.
3] Though I do not recommend it many teachers do use the help of a wall or some object to be used to the balance. Be my guest and give it a try if you like it.

Benefits:

1] Improves balance and concentration remains the first and foremost benefit of this pose.
2] Stretches the thighs, groins and abdomen region.
3] Works on stretching the chest and the shoulder muscles.

Chakra:

This asana is known to stimulate the Third Eye or the Ajna Chakra.

Posted By Sudeep
 


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