Vashishthasana (Straight arm stretch pose)

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In Sanskrit “Vashisht” is the name of a sage, “Asana” means “posture”.  The English name is “Sage Vashisht’s pose”.

 

Position : Sitting

Type : Balancing pose

Spiritual Awareness : Manipura chakras.
Physical Awareness : Maintaining balance and relaxing leg muscles.

Dosha Suitability : Vata

Introducery Asanas : Santolanasana

 

Procedure:

  1. Assume the position of Santolanasana. Breathe normally.
  2. Raise the right arm and roll the body over onto the left side.
  3. The outer side of the left foot must be firmly on the floor with the right foot resting on top of it.
  4. The right arm should lie along the right side and thigh.
  5. Balance in this position, keeping the body straight.
  6. Bend the right knee and take hold of the big toe.
  7. Straighten the knee and raise the leg to the vertical position.
  8. Turn the head and focus the gaze on the right big toe.
  9. Balance the body, keeping the legs and arms straight.
  10. Hold the final position for a short duration. Retain the breathe while in the final position.
  11. Do not strain.
  12. Bend the right knee and release the toe. Exhale, lower the leg and return to Santolanasna.
  13. Lower the knees to the floor and relax in Marjari-asana or Shashankasana.
  14. Repeat the practice on the other side.
  15. Practice up to 3 times on each side.

 

Follow-up Asanas: Kashyapasana.

Spotlight Effects: Balance and coordination of the whole body.

 

Physical Benefits: 

  1. Strenghens wrists, forearms, shoulders, spine
  2. It also makes the leg muscles supple, strengthens the arms and tones the lower back.
  3. It works on tight hip area and opens the hips and hamstrings.
  4. It strengthens abdominals for better arm balances

 

Therapeutic Benefits:

  1. This asana improves nervous balance.
  2. Improves balancing ability and concentration.

 

Precautions and Contraindications:

  1. Wrist injury.
  2. Acute carpel tunnel syndrome.