Hatha Yoga is an ancient Indian system developed by our wise sages for harmonising body and mind. It is a unique system and has no parallel with any other systems of physical exercises.
The word Hatha literally means firmness or determination but here in connection with the name Hatha Yoga it means, that Yoga, which is to be done with full resolve, in other words the postures must not be done half-heartedly and with wandering attention, rather with full concentration. For getting maximum benefits out of the postures you need to discipline your mind to focus full attention at the required energy centreas directed and also breathe as per instructions.
All Hatha Yoga Asanas (Postures) should be done empty stomach either in the morning before breakfast or in the evening at least three hours after lunch.
How to do This Asana Ushtrasana Yoga?
Step 1: Sit comfortably in Vajrasanaas shown in Sketch-1 and breathe normally.
Step 2: Stand on knees keeping the legs below knees bent backward as before. Slightly spread apart the feet. Inhale a breath and bend backward resting both hands on bottoms of feet as shown in Sketch-2.
Step 3: Let your head hang down freely. You may alternately rest both hands on legs just above ankles as shown in the sketch-3.
Exhale and remain in this position for a while and then taking a deep breath come back to Vajrasana posture as in Step 1 above.
While doing this asana focus your attention at your spine.
Benefits of doing Ushtrasana Yoga
Regular practice of this asana helps in curing the cervical problem. In addition to this the asana also helps in the following:
• Activates the glands in the neck
• Gives flexibility to the back and cures back ache.
• Tones up the abdominal muscles
• Improves digestion
• Cures ailments of the stomach
• Balances the three humours in the body
Article by: Jyotirvid Pawan Kumar