Starting Position:

on balance

normal breathing

1–2 times

Move into a squatting position. The knees are slightly apart, the feet close together. >Bend forward and place the hands on the floor, with fingertips pointing back towards the feet. Press the forearms together and support the abdomen on the elbows. Rest the chest along the upper arms. Shift the weight forward. Straighten the legs and support the body with toes touching the floor. Raise the legs and gather the balance. >Bring the upper body and legs to horizontal. The body weight is now supported and balanced on the hands only. >Hold the position for some time and then return to the starting position.

Counters depression by stimulating the solar plexus and Manipura Chakra. Stimulates the lungs, liver, pancreas and kidneys and strengthens the diaphragm. Reduces formation of gas in the digestive system. Helpful for diabetes. Improves balance and concentration. Strengthens the muscles of the whole body and helps prevent trembling hands.

This Asana should not be practiced after any abdominal surgery and must be avoided when there is high blood pressure, glaucoma, or problems with the wrists or elbows. Also avoid during menstruation and pregnancy.

Asana is included in the following categories:
Asanas and Exercises to Activate the Pancreas (for Diabetes)
Asanas and Exercises for Depression