Pose Dedicated to Sage Nahusha C
Definition - What does Pose Dedicated to Sage Nahusha C mean?
Pose dedicated to Sage Nahusha C is one of the variations of the advanced seated posture that provide an intense stretch for the lower body, particularly the ankles, knees, hips and legs.
The posture begins in butterfly pose. The feet rotate so that the toes point backward, then the pelvis is lifted and moved over the feet. Some yogis practice the pose with the body resting on the feet; others with the body slightly above the feet using the knees for balance. The spine remains straight and the hands rest on the legs in jnana mudra with the palms facing up. The gaze focuses on the nose.
In Sanskrit, this pose is called Nahushasana C.
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Other variations of the pose differ in the positions of the upper body and the arms. In the A variation of the pose, the hands reach behind the body, resting on the ground or on the feet as the back and neck arch. In the B variation, the spine is perpendicular to the ground and hands reach behind the back in reverse prayer position. All three variations of the pose dedicated to Sage Nahusha are part of the fourth series of Ashtanga yoga, one of the most advanced series of vinyasas.
In addition to increased lower-body flexibility, the pose dedicated to Sage Nahusha C calms and focuses the mind, enhances concentration and improves posture.
Yogis with ankle, foot, hip or knee injuries should avoid this posture.