Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Half-Tortoise Pose (Ardha-Kurmasana)


Start in a kneeling position, sitting on the heels with the feet and knees together. This kneeing position alone can be difficult, be patient and the ankles and knees will start to cooperate.

Raise the arms up overhead and bring the palms together, thumbs crossed. Keep the spine straight and the arms straight throughout the pose.

Inhale stretch up, and exhale slowly bend forward in a straight line from the tailbone to the fingertips. Stretch forward all the way until the forehead touches the floor and the sides of the hands reach the floor

Engage the arms and straighten the elbow so much that the wrists, elbows and triceps lift off the floor, and keep sliding the fingertips forward.

To create a deep spine stretch, simultaneously reach the buttocks back to the heels. Keep using the abdominal muscles and eventually the buttocks will touch the heels throughout the pose.

With the arms stretching forward and the hips reaching back into the heels, bring the chin forward and away from the chest. Relax the shoulders and breath, and enjoy the deep stretch along the back.

Hold for 20 seconds.
Come out of the pose the same way you worked into the pose – slowly, with the hips reaching back to the heels and the spine and arms straight.

To prevent the spine from rounding and buckling as you move in and out of the pose, remember to use the abdominal muscles.


Stretches
  •     Shoulders
  •     Deltoids
  •     Scapula
  •     Trapezius
  •     Latissimus Dorsi
  •     Hips

Strengthens
  •     Abdomen
  •     Quadriceps

Stimulates
  •     Pituitary Gland
  •     Pineal Gland
  •     Hypo-thalmus
  •     Lungs

Benefits

  •     A rejuvenation pose providing maximum relaxation
  •     Relieves digestion problems and constipation
  •     Stretches lower part of the lungs, increases lung capacity
  •     Excellent for respiratory conditions
  •     Increases circulation to the brain
  •     Improves mobility of shoulder girdle
  •     Relieves stress and migraines
  •     Helps with insomnia
  •     Helps with jet-lag
  •     Helps to increase circulation to facial muscles, helping to prevent and erase the signs of aging


1 comment:

Sports said...

The Ardha-Kurmasana or Half-Tortoise Pose is a relaxing pose that also offers an invigorating stretch to your back.