Marjaraasana For Sound Physical And Mental Health

Marjaraasana For Sound Physical And Mental Health

Yoga today is​ all the​ rage. it​ is​ a​ subject that excites people’s curiosity and enjoys much popularity. This is​ especially so since the​ asanas (exercises) and pranayamas (breathing techniques) that owe their origins to​ ancient Indian wisdom have proved beneficial in​ promoting holistic health and mental peace as​ also in​ developing personality. in​ this article we will discuss Marjaraasana - the​ cat pose.

Process: Sit on​ your haunches with the​ knees and toes on​ the​ ground. Keep the​ palms on​ the​ floor in​ such a​ way that the​ distance between them is​ about the​ same as​ that between the​ shoulders,​ i.e. equal to​ the​ width of​ the​ back. Keep the​ distance between the​ palms and the​ knees about the​ same as​ that between the​ shoulders and the​ hips,​ i.e. equal to​ the​ length of​ the​ torso. the​ distance between the​ knees should be the​ same as​ the​ width of​ the​ waist. Turn the​ toes back so that the​ soles face upward. the​ distance between the​ soles should be the​ same as​ that between the​ knees. Relax the​ muscles in​ the​ trunk region and let the​ trunk descend under gravity. at​ the​ same time,​ let the​ neck and head curve backward as​ far as​ possible. Relax the​ stomach and close the​ eyes. Direct your attention to​ the​ entire body and practise conscious differential relaxation. Keep the​ mind engaged in​ pranadharana (consciousness of​ breath). This is​ the​ final posture of​ marjaraasana –maintain it​ according to​ capacity.

An extension of​ the​ above posture can be attained in​ the​ following manner: staying in​ the​ final posture obtained above,​ open your eyes. Move the​ palms about 10-15 cms towards the​ knees. Curve the​ back upwards so that it​ shapes like an​ arch. Relax the​ neck and hang the​ head down. Draw the​ chin towards the​ chest and relax the​ abdomen,​ practice differential relaxation and then do prandharana. This is​ the​ final extension posture of​ marjaraasana- maintain it​ according to​ capacity.

Releasing the​ asana: Start by lowering the​ right leg by bending it​ at​ the​ knee,​ then rest the​ knee on​ the​ floor. Lower the​ head and make the​ back parallel to​ the​ ground,​ loosen it​ up and relax.

Benefits: the​ spine becomes flexible and supple; it​ helps to​ correct the​ functional defects of​ the​ back and spine. the​ health of​ the​ organs in​ the​ torso improves. you​ are relieved of​ backache and pain in​ the​ neck resulting from exertion. it​ also soothes the​ neck muscles and the​ lumbar region of​ the​ spine and invigorates the​ spinal nerves,​ improves blood circulation in​ the​ abdominal region thereby making digestive,​ respiratory and excretory processes. This asana is​ also useful in​ treating respiratory disorders.

Warning: the​ reader of​ this article should exercise all precautions before following any of​ the​ asanas from this article and the​ site. to​ avoid any problems while doing the​ asanas,​ it​ is​ advised that you​ consult a​ doctor and a​ yoga instructor. the​ responsibility lies solely with the​ reader and not with the​ site or​ the​ writer.

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