Pose Dedicated to Sage Nahusha

Definition - What does Pose Dedicated to Sage Nahusha mean?

Pose dedicated to Sage Nahusha is an advanced seated yoga posture that provides an intense stretch for the legs, ankles and hips.

The leg position resembles that of butterfly pose except that the feet are pulled in close to the body and are twisted backward with the toes pointing behind the body. The full expression of the pose includes a backbend with the hands reaching behind the body and touching the ground as the back arches and the crown of the head drops to the floor.

This pose is also known by its Sanskrit name, Nahushasana.

Pose Dedicated to Sage Nahusha

Yogapedia explains Pose Dedicated to Sage Nahusha

Three variations of the pose dedicated to Sage Nahusha are part of the fourth series of Ashtanga yoga. The first variation, known as Nahushasana A, is as described with the backbend. In the B variation, the spine is vertical with no backbend and the hands are placed behind the back in reverse prayer position. In variation C, the back of the hands rest on the knees in jnana mudra (forefinger touching the base of the thumb).

In addition to increasing flexibility in the lower body, the pose dedicated to Sage Nahusha has these benefits:

  • Stretches the shoulders and spine
  • Opens the chest
  • Improves posture

Yogis who suffers from ankle, hip, knee, back or shoulder injuries should skip this posture.

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