‘Makar’ means crocodile and ‘Asana’ means pose. Here, the posture attained resembles that of a crocodile, and hence it is named as Makarasan or Crocodile Yoga Pose.It is a relaxing pose and, just like Savasana (Corpse Yoga Pose), is usually done to relax the body after a particularly difficult pose.
The Crocodile Pose is relatively simple to perform.
• Lie down flat on your stomach. Extend your feet backwards straight with heels facing inside. Keep your arms straight beside your trunk, with the hands touching the thighs.
• Now, bend both your hands from the elbow, and using the hands as support, rest your face on the palms, with the palms touching the cheeks. or you can cross your hand bending it on elbow and resting the head inside the border of hands, facing the head side.
• Adjust the elbows in such a way that the stretch is spread evenly between the lower back and neck.
• Breathe easily and rhythmically while you do this.
• Hold the pose for a few seconds or for a few minutes, till you feel relaxed.
• Release the pose when you start feeling tension in the shoulders or neck muscles and come to the initial state.
Even though it is simple pose, Makarasana (Crocodile Yoga Pose) has many benefits.
• Since it stretches the shoulders, spine and back muscles, it maintains the flexibility of these areas and is and beneficial for those with sciatica, slipped disc, backache and spondylitis in the lumbar region.
• It gives relief to those who suffer from asthma or other respiratory troubles.
• It also helps to relieve disorders of the genito-urinary system.
• It helps to completely relax the body and mind, and relieve fatigue.
• It should not be practiced by pregnant women in their second and third trimester.