Sanskrit Name – Makarasana
Sanskrit Name Meaning – Makara - Crocodile, Asana - Pose
Type of Asana – Reclining Yoga Pose
Target Areas – Chest and back
WHAT IS CROCODILE POSE (MAKARASANA)?
Crocodile Pose (Makarasana) is a reclining yoga pose that targets your chest and back.
DO NOT PRACTICE CROCODILE POSE (MAKARASANA) IF:
You have a back injury
You’ve recently had surgery
BENEFITS OF CROCODILE POSE (MAKARASANA)
Relieves feelings of stress and anxiety
Calms the mind and helps you feel centred
Stimulates your digestion
HOW TO PRACTICE CROCODILE POSE (MAKARASANA) IN 3 EASY STEPS
Start by laying down flat on your stomach. Extend your legs straight behind you and cross your arms in front of you, creating a support to rest your forehead.
Open your chest and shoulders.
Stay in this pose for as long as you feel comfortable and then exit the pose.
CROCODILE POSE (MAKARASANA) VARIATION – USE A BLANKET
Prop yourself up by laying down on a folded blanket.
Cobra Pose – Bhujangasana
Locust Pose – Shalabasana
Superman Pose – Viparita Shalabasana
FOLLOW UP POSES
Child’s Pose – Balasana
Corpse Pose – Savasana