Crab Pose in Yoga

Yoga is an Indian system of fitness and well-being. It consists not only of Asanas (Postures) and Pranayama (Breathing techniques) for physical and mental fitness and health but a whole text about how to live life the healthy ans wholesome way.

Crab pose in Yoga

The Crab pose is known as Catupadapitham in Sanskrit. Some also do it like Chakrasana or the Wheel pose. It resembles the table or the wheel, depending on the method of doing it. It is done while in the sitting position. It is suitable especially for those who are just starting with Yoga and need to strengthen the back and arms as well as improve balance before moving on to more difficult Asanas.

  • You can start by sitting in an upright position with your palms about three inches behind you on the floor. The legs are half stretched out ahead of you with the knees up straight.
  • Slowly while inhaling, lift your hips off the floor. Try to get you torso parallel to the floor, forming a sort of table with your body.
  • Hold this position for at least three counts or as long as you can while holding the breath or in normal breathing.
  • Slowly, while exhaling, bring the hips back down and regain the starting position.

The postures in Yoga consist of standing sitting as well as supine postures for various muscles and parts of the body. Asanas like Bhujangasana (Cobra pose), Marjarasana (Cat pose), Chakrasana (Wheel pose), Garudasana (Eagle pose), etc are designed to mimic nature and exercise, tone or even heal different parts of the body.

Benefits of Crab pose

  • Strengthens the back and spinal muscles
  • Strengthens shoulders, arms and wrists
  • Improves balance
  • Increases flexibility of the back

This Asana should be avoided by those suffering from any severe back problems and those who have had a back injury recently. Even those with carpal tunnel syndrome are advised against it. If you have a health problem, it is always advisable to consult your health care professional as well as your Yoga instructor before doing this or any other Yogic practices.

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