NATARAJASANA{Lord Shiva’s Pose}

Natarajasana or Lord Shiva’s Pose is a backward bending as well as balancing posture.

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Stand straight in Tadasana and breathe normally focusing at a fixed point. Now bend the right knee to raise the leg towards the buttoks and hold the right big toe with the right hand. Maintaining the body weight on the left leg raise your right leg backward as far as you can. While raising the leg, rotate your shoulder so that elbow of the right arm points upwards. Raise leg till the right foot reaches near the back of your head. Now raise your left arm upwards, keeping the hand straight and the palm direction should be towards the floor. This is complete position of Natrajasana. Breathe normally and stay in this position for sometime. Come back to Tadasana while exhaling. Repeat this with the left leg too and this asana is complete.

Benefits: This asana stretches shoulders, chest, thighs, groins and abdomen. It helps in strengthening the legs ans ankles. It improves balance.

Warning: Those suffering from severe back pain, heart problems, high blood pressure, peptic ulcers, hernia, colitis and vertigo should not practice this asana.

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