Definition - What does Meru Vakrasana mean?
Meru vakrasana is a basic seated pose that provides a gentle spinal twist and serves as a preparatory pose for more intense twisting postures. The term comes from the Sanskrit meru, meaning “mountain”; vakra, meaning “twisted” or “curved”; and asana, which means “pose” or “posture.” In English, it is known as simple spinal twist pose.
To practice meru vakrasana, the yogi sits dandasana with the leg extended, then twists the torso in one direction, placing the hands on the ground outside the leg and hip. The opposite foot (left foot if the twist is to the right) is placed just outside the opposite knee with both knees facing skyward.
Yogapedia explains Meru Vakrasana
In addition to its physical benefits, which include increased flexibility, meru vakrasana calms the mind, increases focus and stimulates the spinal nerves. The pose also increases the flow of prana energy in the abdominal and navel region.
As a seated posture, meru vakrasana activates and balances the muladhara (root) chakra, which creates emotional and spiritual grounding and a sense of security. As a spinal twist, this asana also opens the manipura (navel) chakra, which promotes self-esteem, confidence and personal power.