Visvamitra was the name of a celebrated sage. Visvamitrasana is dedicated to Visvamitra.

Visvamitrasana

Technique

  1. Stand in Tadasana. Bend forward, rest the palms on the floor and take the legs back about 4 to 5 feet, as in Adho Mukha Svanasana.
  2. Exhale, swing the right leg over the right hand and place the back of the right thigh on the back of the upper part of the right arm.
  3. Immediately turn the body to the left, place the left arm along the left thigh and balance.
  4. Tum the left foot sideways and press the sole and heel on the floor.
  5. Stretch the right leg straight up and take two breaths.
  6. Exhale, stretch the left arm up vertically from the shoulder and gaze at the outstretched left hand.
  7. Stay in the pose from 20 to 30 seconds with deep breathing.
  8. Exhale, release the right leg and come back to position 1.
  9. Repeat the pose for the same length of time on the other side, following the technique stated above, reading right for left and left for right.

Effects of Visvamitrasana

Visvamitrasana strengthens the hands and the abdominal organs and exercises the thigh muscles.

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