This posture helps to balance the blood sugar level. It improves the flexibility of the sciatic nerves, ankles, knees and hip joints; improves digestion; enhances the proper functioning of the kidneys; and expands the solar plexus. Increases the flexibility of the trapezius, deltoid, erectus femoris, and bicep muscles, sciatic nerves, tendons, hip joints, and the last five vertebrae of the spine. Relieves chronic diarrhea by improving the circulation of the bowels. It also increases circulation to the liver and spleen and improves digestion.
4 Tips for this posture:
- Keep in mind that with legs to either side your knee can be bent. The forehead-to-knee compression is paramount rather than having your leg straight. Furthermore, whether your knee is bent or straight your foot should always be flexed.
- During the compression portion of the posture, your shoulders and elbows are equally aligned over the leg that is out (i.e. leg facing the corner of the room). On the right side, think left elbow and shoulder down toward the floor, and the opposite for the left side.
- With both legs forward it is important to contract your quadriceps BEFORE you begin to pull on your toes. If you’re unable to keep your knees locked avoid pulling and work on hamstring flexibility first.
- As always, breath is key. Inhale while lifting and lengthening the spine, exhale as you stretch forward and work toward touching your forehead to your toes.