Kashyapasana (Sage Kashyapa’s pose)
In Sanskrit “Kashyap” is the name of a sage, “Asana” means “posture”. The English name is “Sage Kashyapa’s pose”.
Position : Sitting
Type : Balancing pose
Spiritual Awareness : Manipura chakras.
Physical Awareness : Maintaining balance and relaxing leg muscles.
Dosha Suitability : Vata
Introducery Asanas : Santolanasana
- Assume the position of Santolanasana.
- Bend the left knee and place the foot on the right thigh as in Ardha padmasana.
- Take the left arm behind the back and catch hold of the left big toe with the left hand.
- This chest and extended right arm should be in one plane.
- This is the final position.
- Hold for as long as is comfortable without strain.
- Release the left foot and return to Santolanasana.
- Turn the body over to the left, balancing on the left hand and foot only.
- Place the right foot on the left thigh in Ardha padmasana.
- Take the right arm behind the back and catch hold of the right big toe with the right hand.
- Balance in the pose for the same length of times as on right side.
- Come back into Santolanasana, placing the right palm back on the floor.
- Relax in Shashankasana. Breathe normally.
Follow-up Asanas: Gomukhasana.
Spotlight Effects: Balance and coordination of the whole body.
- This asana provides a deep muscular massage to the abdomen, toning the digestive organs.
- Manipura chakra and samana are activated.
- A sense of balance and concentration is developed.
This asana alleviates disorders of the large intestine and stimulates the digestive fire.
Precautions and Contraindications:
Injuries to wrists, elbows, or shoulder joints.