Natarajasana: Natarajasana or Lord of the Dance Pose is a standing, back-bending asana.
What makes Dancing Natraj asana so special?
Mythologically, we say that Yoga originated from Adiyogi, an aspect of Shiva. Shiva is also the celestial Dancer or Natraj – the Lord of Dance. It said that Adiyogi spent all his time either Dancing ecstatically or sitting in deep Meditation – only these two states! Hence Dancing Natrajasana pays tribute to Adiyogi and reminds us of the value that Dancing brings in terms of Catharsis, for a Meditative practice to flourish in an Individual.
What You Should Know Before You Do This Asana?
This asana must be practiced on an empty stomach. You must make it a point to have your meals four to six hours before the practice so that the food is digested and the energy is ready to be expended. Also, make sure your bowels are empty before you practice.
Yoga must be practiced at dawn or dusk for best results.
Steps for Natarajasana
- Stand straight on your yoga mat and arms by your sides.
- While inhaling bend your right leg backward and hold with your right ankle with a right hand as shown in fig.
- Try to move your right leg upwards as much as you can.
- Extend your left arm straight out in front. In the beginning, you can take help another person.
- Hold this posture for 20 – 30 seconds and keep breathing normally. Now slowly come back to starting position.
- Repeat this with left leg then right leg. Like this, you can practice for 3-4 repetition.