Sama means the same, like, even or straight. Kona means an angle and a point of a compass. In Samakonasana the split is performed with the legs spread apart sideways, and the hands are folded in front of the chest. It is harder to perform than Hanumanasana. Both the legs and the pelvic region of the body are in one straight line.
- Stand in Tadasana, rest the hands on the hips and spread the legs apart sideways to your capacity.
- Place the palms on the floor and with an exhalation stretch the legs further and further until you sit on the floor with both legs spread sideways in a straight line. The entire back of the legs, especially the back of the knees, should rest on the floor.
- Join the palms in front of the chest and stay in the pose for a few seconds.
- Place the palms on the floor, raise the hips and bring the legs closer and closer to each other until you stand up again in Uttanasana. Then stand in Tadasana and relax.
Effects of Samakonasana
In Samakonasana the hip joints are exercised and the legs are made to move freely in all directions. The spine is stretched and any defect in the lower part of the spine is cured. The pose, like Hanumanasana, tones the leg muscles and makes the legs shapely. It prevents the development of hernia and relieves sciatic pains. It helps the blood to circulate in the pelvic region and genital organs and keeps them healthy.
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