balancing asanas

Ek Pada Pranamasana

Balancing asanas develops the functioning of the cerebellum, that controls the how the body works in motion. These asanas improve muscle coordination and posture, maintain physical and nervous balance and help still the unconscious movement.

Ek Pada Pranamasana( One legged prayer pose)
Getting into the posture:
Stand upright with the feet together and arms on the sides.
Focus the gaze on a fixed point in the front.
Bend the right leg, grasp the ankle and place the sole of the foot on the inside of the left thigh.
The heel should be as close to the perineum as possible.
The right knee should point out to the side.
Concentrate on your breath all the time.
When the body is balanced bring your hands in front with palms together in front of the chest, in prayer position.
This is the final position.
For the relief of excessive tension hold this position as long as comfortable.
Now release the hand first and then slowly bring the foot down.
Relax completely in the starting position and then change the side.
Breath normally throughout the practice.

Variation:
Once you have mastered the Ek Pada Pranamasana, keep the gaze focused at eye level, inhale and raise your arms above the head, palms togthter in prayer pose.
Inhale and hold the position.
Exhale and lower the hands back in front of the chest.
Repeat on the other side.

Benefits:
develops nervous and physical balance.
Strengthens the leg, ankle and foot muscles.

Contra-indications:
People with the diseases of the cerebellum should not attempt this.

Settled in  Gurgaon for the last 3 years, Sumita is a yoga enthusiast. She firmly believes that each child is a born yogi.Has been practising yoga for the last 5-6 years in Bangalore and Gurgaon . she quit working once her daughter was born. Now she enjoys motherhood along with pursuing hobbies like light music,reading and cooking and of course doing  yoga.


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