Step1: Stand upright, with feet wide apart. Interlock fingers behind the back. This is the starting position.
Step2: Turn the right foot slightly out to the side. Twist to the right. Inhale, and while exhaling bend forward at the waist, while the hands behind the back go up as high as possible. Bring the head down to the inside of the right foot, and bend the right knees while the head goes down.
Step3: Relax the shoulders, as the head is close to the foot, while keeping the arms straight. Hold the position as far as comfortable and keep breathing in and out normally.
Step4: Inhale, and raise the head first, then the spine and lower back, then lower the arms. Then, straighten the leg after the torso is upright. This way will help from losing balance while coming up. Repeat on the other side. Practise a maximum of 5 times.
- Stretches the sides of the body, hamstring and thigh muscles, shoulders.
- Stimulates the appetite and nervous system.
- Excess weight around the waist is cut down.
- Abdominal organs are stimulated.
Heart disease, high blood pressure, back conditions such as slipped disc or sciatica, cautions for inverted postures apply.