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Your Body – Janu Sirsasana

We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body. Next in the series is:

Benefits: Practicing this asana calms the mind and also relieves mild depression. The groin, hamstrings, and shoulders get a good stretch. The liver and kidneys are stimulated. The digestive organs get a good massage, and therefore, digestion is improved. The reproductive organs are stimulated too, and therefore, menstrual and menopausal disorders are reduced. Practicing this asana relieves headaches, anxiety, and fatigue. Practicing this asana also cures insomnia, sinusitis, and high blood pressure.

Procedure: To begin, sit on the floor with your back erect.

Stretch out your left leg all the way from the hip joint. Bend your right knee, placing the bottom of the right foot against the inner part of your left thigh. Your right leg and knee should be comfortably pressed on the floor. Your chest and navel should line up with your left leg. This will set your torso in the right position. Let your hands provide support as they rest beside the hips. Inhale. Extend your belly and torso right up to the top of your head. As you exhale, let the energy flow through the left leg, reaching till the ball of the foot. Inhale and stretch your arms up such that it creates more length in your spine. Then, exhale and bend forward from the base of the hip as if you are coming forward from the groin to the front of the sitting bones. Reach for your ankles or toes, if you can, with your hands, or stretch till you are comfortable. Remember that if you stretch too far, it will tend to round the spine and, in turn, lead to injury. Hold the pose and breath deep and slow. As you breathe, feel the breath filling the groin, the back of your left leg, and the entire area of your back.

Inhale and release the pose. Let the muscles in your abdomen contract. Then, lift your torso. Stretch out your right leg. Relax for a few seconds. Repeat the asana with the right leg stretched out.

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