Galava was a sage and one of Visvamitra’s pupils. Galavasana is dedicated to him.

Galavasana

Technique

  1. Perform Salamba Sirshasana II.
  2. Then move into Padmasana (by placing the right foot at the root of the left thigh, and the left foot at the root of the right thigh, Plate, exhale and bend the trunk so that the thighs touch the stomach and chest.
  3. Take a few breaths; turn the trunk to the right and with an exhalation lower the folded legs to where the shins cross on the back of the right upper arm as near the armpit as possible. Secure the position; take a few deep breaths and balance.
  4. Exhale, pull the body up by resting the head from the floor, tighten the muscles near the diaphragm, and straighten the arms, balance on the hands and stay in this position for a few seconds up to your capacity. In this pose greater strain will be felt on the left shoulder and arm, which are apparently free.
  5. Bend the elbows; rest the head on the floor and again go up to Salamba Sirshasana II without releasing the foot lock of Padmasana.
  6. Exhale, bend the trunk, rest the legs on the back of the upper left arm and balance as you did on the right.
  7. Bend the elbows, rest the head on the floor and go up to Salamba Sirshasana II and release the foot lock. Do Padmasana again, this time first placing the left foot at the root of the right thigh and the right foot at the root of the left thigh and repeat the asana as described above.
  8. Do Salamba Sirshasana II again after resting the head on the floor. Then either lower the legs to the floor and relax or do Urdhva Dhanurasana and stand up in Tadasana. When one has mastered Viparita Chakrasana, this exercise is soothing after practising Urdhva Dhanurasana.

Effects of Galavasana

By continued practice of Galavasana, the wrists and the abdominal organs will grow stronger and the lateral muscles of the abdomen will also develop. The spine will become more elastic and the neck and shoulders will grow powerful. Galavasana has the combined effects of Sirshasana, Padmasana and Paschimottanasana.

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