Ruchika was the name of a sage, the grandfather of Bhagavan Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu. Ruchikasana is named after him.
- After completing Durvasasana, exhale, bend the trunk forward and rest the palms on either side of the right foot.
- Rest the head on the right knee without allowing the left leg to slip from the back of the neck. Then gradually extend the neck until the chin touches the right knee, as in Uttanasana.
- Stay in the pose for about I5 seconds with normal breathing.
- Bend the right knee, sit on the floor, release the left leg from the back of the neck and relax.
- Then put the right leg behind the neck and repeat the cycle of asanas given above, reading the word ‘left’ for the word ‘right’ and vice versa.
Effects of the asanas in the Eka Pada Sirshasana Cycle
The various movements in this cycle of asanas tone up the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems of the entire body. The spine receives a rich supply of blood, which increases the nervous energy in the chakras (the various nerve plexuses situated in the spine), the flywheels in the human body machine. These poses develop the chest and make the breathing fuller and the body firmer; they stop nervous trembling of the body and prevent the diseases which cause it; they also help to eliminate toxins by supplying pure blood to every part of the body and bringing the congested blood back to the heart and lungs for purification. By the practice of these asanas the haemoglobin content of the blood improves, the body and mind become vigorous and the capacity for work increases.
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