Traditionally, samakonasana is believed
to stimulate both the muladhara (root) and anahata
(heart) chakras. Opening the muladhara chakra through samakonasana is grounding and provides inner stability and strength needed for personal growth. As the heart chakra is the center of love and compassion, opening this
chakra promotes forgiveness and acceptance of both others and self.
The additional benefits of samakonasana
- Improves blood circulation to the abdomen and reproductive organs
- Stretches and straightens the
spine while improving posture
- Opens the hips and groin muscles
Samakonasana is also a term sometimes
used for a standing posture known in English as right angle pose. In
this version, the practitioner stands with feet together and raises
the arms overhead, then bends forward until the hips form a 90-degree
angle with the thighs and the body forms an “L” shape.