Benefits : • Reduces fat on thighs.
• Opens up the hips, stretching deep hip flexors.
• Stretches and strengthens the shoulders and back.
• Expands the abdominal region, improving digestion and elimination.
• Improves posture.
• Opens the chest, improving respiration.
Ustrasana can be a very difficult pose for the neck, especially if your shoulders are tight. You can use a wall as a prop to protect your neck. Prepare for the pose with your back to a wall, with your toes turned under and your soles as close to the wall as possible. Exhale and lean back, as described in step 3 in the main description above. Press the crown of your head into the wall and, against this pressure, lift the shoulder blades deeper into your back. Keep your hands on your pelvis or swing them back to press your palms against the wall.
Steps to Perform :
Kneel on the yoga mat and place your hands on the hips.
Your knees should be in line with the shoulders and the sole of your feet should be facing the ceiling.
As you inhale, draw in your tail-bone towards the pubis as if being pulled from the navel.
Simultaneously, arch your back and slide your palms over your feet till the arms are straight.
Do not strain or flex your neck but keep it in a neutral position.
Stay in this posture for a couple of breaths.
Breathe out and slowly come back to the initial pose. Withdraw your hands and bring them back to your hips as you straighten up.