Kakasana brings mental balance and focus and improves strength in the wrists and arms.
How to come into the pose
- Sit on your toes, with heels (almost) together and knees apart.
- Place your elbows in the crease of your knees (the fleshy part between lower and upper legs).
- Keep your hands slightly higher than your knees, fingers spread widely and fingertips slightly pointed inwards.
- Maintain this alignment as you shift your weight forward, placing your palms (shoulder-width) on the floor
- Focusing your eyes on a point half a meter in front of your fingertips on the floor, slowly lift your feet off the floor, one foot at a time.
- Pulling both feet toward your hips, keep looking at a point on the floor, approximately 1 foot in front of your fingertips.
Coming out of the pose
Shifting your weight backward, with control, place your feet on the floor and release your hands.
Regular practice in a steady and comfortable manner, within a balanced yoga asana program
- stimulates the Sacral Chakra and therefore stimulates and balances the functions of your urinary tract, kidneys, and gonads;
- develops strength in shoulders, arms, and wrists;
- benefits the circulatory system in the upper limbs and torso;
- opens the chest and stretches inter-costal muscles, therefore increasing lung capacity;
- increases core awareness, balance, and coordination;
- stretches and at the same time strengthens the groin and inner thighs;
- increases focus and concentration;
- removes fatigue; and
- increases vitality and willpower.