This yoga posture has been named after the shape it takes – that of a lord of the dance pose. This yoga posture is pronounced as not-ah-raj-SAH-NA.
Nat=Dance; Raj=King; Asana=Posture or Pose.
How to do Natrajasana 1 (Dancing Shiva – 1)
- Lie on the floor. Bend your right knee and place right foot on the outside of the left knee. Stretch the arms to the sides at the length of the shoulders.
- Breathe in. Exhaling, twist torso to the left and head to the right to look over right shoulder.
- Keeping the shoulders on the ground, press right thigh towards the floor. You can use your left hand to press the thigh further down.
- Hold the pose. Take long deep breaths.
- Exhaling relax.
- Repeat on the other side.
Benefits of Natrajasana 1
- Stretches and tones hips, lower back, abdominal and neck muscles.
- Makes the spine supple.
- Improves digestion.
Contraindications of Natrajasana 1
- Slip disc.