Vasistha was a celebrated sage or seer, the family priest of the solar race of kings and the author of several Vedic hymns, particularly of the seventh Mandala of the Rig Veda. Vasisthasana is dedicated to the sage Vasistha.
- Stand in Tadasana. Bend forward, rest the palms on the floor and take the legs back about 4 to 5 feet as if you are doing Adho Mukha Svanasana.
- Turn the whole body sideways to the right and balance on the right hand and foot only. The outer side of the right foot should rest firmly on the floor. Place the left foot over the right one, rest the left palm on the left hip and balance, keeping the body straight. In order to learn the art of balancing in this position, be close to a wall so that the inner side of the right foot rests against it.
- Exhale, bend the left leg at the knee, move the body slightly forward and catch the left big toe between the thumb and the index and middle fingers of the left hand. Pull the left arm and the left leg up vertically. The grip on the toe will be like that described in Supta Padangusthasana. Balance in this position, keeping the arms and legs rigid, with deep breathing, for about 20 to 30 seconds.
- Release the toe grip, rest the left leg again over the right foot and lower the left hand to the hip once more.
- Exhale; turn the body over to the left so that it balances only on the left hand and the left foot. Repeat the pose on this side for the same length of time, following the technique stated above, reading right for left and left for right.
Effects of Vasisthasana
Vasisthasana strengthens the wrists, exercises the legs and tones the lumbar and coccyx regions of the spine.
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