Saturday, October 1, 2011

Konasan (Angle Pose)

  • Stand up straight—in an upright position—with both feet joined together and arms by your sides, i.e. Saral Tadasan.
  • Spread your feet about 3-4 feet apart.
  • Raise both arms sideways to the shoulder level, with the palms facing downward.
  • Inhale (Radhey) in this position.
  • While exhaling (Krishna), twist your upper body and bend diagonally leftward from your waist.
  • Touch the left foot with the right hand—whereas the left arm will slowly move into a slanted position above the shoulder—leveling both the arms in a single line.
  • Turn your head to the left and look up toward the raised left hand.
  • Stay in this posture for 15-20 seconds with normal breathing.
  • Inhaling (Radhey) slowly and evenly, come back to the standing position.
  • Make sure your arms remain outstretched to the sides.
  • Repeat the same process on the left side.
  • This finishes one round; do two more rounds.
  • Lastly, come into Shithil Tadasan (See page 25) and relax.
Variation - 1 (Dynamic Konasan)
  • Practice the asan in the same way but unlike  maintaining the final position (vii step of Konasan), return to the upright position—without any pause, and repeat on the other side.
  • Practice this for at least ten rounds.
  • Then come to Shithil Tadasan and relax.
  • On the twisting and bending movements and the breaths synchronized with them
  • On the balance
  • On the Divine Names “Radhey Krishna” in your each breath
  • On the stretches of the sides of the body at the final state
  • Konasan gives rotational movements to your spine.
  • It improves the functioning of the kidneys. 
  • Yog therapists also believe it as a suitable posture for strengthening the thigh muscles and toning the entire body.
  • Exercises the leg and waist muscles, improves digestion, stimulates appetite, and thus alleviates constipation. 
  • It is very useful for women as it tones the reproductive organs. 
  • Further, it assists in reducing unnecessary fat from the abdominal area.
  • People with severe back conditions, recent abdominal operations, heart problems, and severe hypertension should not do this asan.

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