Kati Chakrasana

Definition - What does Kati Chakrasana mean?

Kati chakrasana is a simple standing pose with a spinal twist. The name comes from the Sanskrit kati, meaning “waist”; chakra, meaning “wheel” or “circular rotation”; and asana, which means “pose” or “posture.”

Begin in a standing position with the feet apart. The arms extend in front with the palms facing and thumbs toward the sky. The body then twists to one side with the arm leading the twist wrapping around the back to rest on the opposite hip. The other arm crosses the chest so the hand rests on the leading shoulder.

In English, it is known as standing spinal twist.

Yogapedia explains Kati Chakrasana

Traditionally, kati chakrasana is believed to activate and balance the manipura (solar plexus or navel) chakra because of the twisting of the abdominal region. Opening the manipura chakra is believed to promote transformative power and energy, boost self-esteem, and encourage self-control, confidence, decision-making, and a sense of purpose.

In addition to increasing flexibility, kati chakrasana has these additional mental/emotional benefits:

  • Releases tension and stress
  • Promotes the free-flow of energy
  • Calms the mind
  • Stimulates the nervous system
  • Eases depression
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