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Your body – Chaturanga Dandasana

Written by Editor LU

We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body.

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Chaturanga means  four limbs, danda means staff and asana means  pose.

Benefits: Strengthens arm, shoulder, and leg muscles;

Develops core stability;

Prepares body for inversions and arm balances.

Procedure: From Plank Pose, align your shoulders slightly ahead of the wrists and come onto the balls of your feet, pressing the soles of your feet back, as if into a wall behind you. Simultaneously push back through the heels to engage the quadriceps and bring the lower body to life, and reach your sternum forward, creating a straight, taut line of energy from the crown of your head through your feet. On an inhalation, draw the heads of the shoulders and the tops of the thighs up and away from the floor, pull your lower body up and in, and release the tailbone toward the floor. On an exhalation, bend your elbows, keeping them over your wrists and drawn in against your sides. Slowly lower yourself toward the floor, keeping your body as straight as a plank of wood, neither letting your centre sag nor sticking your buttocks up in the air. Bring your gaze to the floor, about 6 inches in front of you, and continue to lower until your shoulders are at the same height as your elbows.  Continue to reach through the heels, sternum, and crown of the head as you breathe.  To come out of the pose, exhale and lower down to your belly or push back up to Plank Pose. Or inhale and come onto the tops of your feet and into Upward-Facing Dog.

Caution: Do not practice Chaturanga if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, or a shoulder, elbow, or wrist injury.

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