(Last Updated on : 15/03/2011)
Makarasana is also known as the `crocodile pose`. This asana is a type of cultural asana. `Makara` means `Crocodile` and while doing this Asana the body resembles the shape of the `crocodile`, hence it is known as Makarasana. The general posture of this asana shows the body to be lying prone, the chest should touch the ground and both the legs should stretch out. The person holds the head with both the arms. Makarasana increases the heat of the body.
Practice of Makarasana
* The person should lie in the prone position; hands should remain by the side of the thighs.
* One should slowly spread out both the legs. The toes should remain out and heels inward.
* The person should slowly fold the left hand at elbow bringing it from below the armpit and place it in the right shoulder. One has to fold the right hand at the elbow and place it on the left shoulder.
* The person places the head on the triangle made by both the elbows.
There can be few variations while practicing Makarasana. The person can bring either hand on the shoulder from below the armpit, if it is difficult to place one elbow on the other, one can place both elbows slightly apart. Head should essentially remain inside elbow. If it is difficult to rest the head, one may keep chin between the elbows.
Effects and precautions for Makarasana
Makarasana has many therapeutic benefits. This asana is beneficial in Asthma.. It is effective in treating respiratory arrhythmia. Abdominal muscles get an automatic massage while practicing Makarasana. Those having heart problems, obesity, gas or high blood pressure should not practice Makarasana.
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