Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sarpasan (Snake Pose)

  • Lie flat on your stomach, legs together and palms touching the sides of your thighs with your chin on the floor, i.e. Simple Prone Posture.
  • Gently, place your hands on the buttocks and interlock the fingers.
  • In this position, make sure your chin rests on the floor.
  • Inhale (Radhey), and taking the help of the abdominal muscles, raise your chest from the floor.
  • Make sure your legs remain joined together throughout.
  • Push your shoulders backward and raise your interlocked hands away from the buttocks, as high as possible;
  • Wait for 15-20 seconds in this position, breathing normally.
  • Now while exhaling (Krishna), lower your upper body and arms comfortably, and gradually come down to the floor.
  • This is one round, do it for two more rounds.
  • Finally, come into either Balasan or Matsya Kreedasan and relax.
  • On breathing in and out along with the physical movements
  • On the stretch of the shoulders and arms
  • On spontaneously feeling the omnipresence of “Radhey Krishna” with your breaths  
  • Sarpasan not only strengthens the muscles of the spine, but it also makes the spine very flexible, helps cure slipped-disk, and cervical and back pain.
  • As it massages the heart, the amount of oxygen in the blood streams gets increased by opening out the inactive alveoli.
  • It also wonderfully massages the abdominal organs.
  • It helps in asthmatic cases too.
  • It strengthens the chest and shoulders.
  • Those who have been suffering from heart ailments and high blood pressure should perform it only under the supervision of Yog therapists.

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