Goraksha means a cowherd. Gorakshasana is a difficult balancing pose and one feels elated even if one can only balance for a few seconds.
- Perform Padmasana, stretch the arms forward and place them on the floor.
- Rest on the hands and raise the hips from the floor.
- Stretch the trunk up vertically and stand with the top part of the knees on the floor.
- Stretch the thighs and balance gradually by lifting the hands one by one from the floor.
- When balance is secured, fold the hands in front of the chest and hold the position as long as you can.
- Place the hands on the floor, sit down and release the legs.
- Change the leg position and repeat the pose for the same length of time.
Effects of Gorakshasana
In addition to the benefits of Padmasana, one achieves a sense of balance. The coccyx (the tail bone) gets elasticity by the practice of Gorakshasana.
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