Kukkutasana

Kukkuta is a Sanskrit word which means a cock. This posture resembles that of a cock. So it is called as Kukkutasana. It is beneficial for people with worms in their intestines. It is also very useful for women as it can cure uneasiness or pain in the hips and heaviness caused by menstruation. It also gives sufficient exercise to the arms. It strengthens the wrists, the elbows and the shoulders which are the three important joints of the arms. It invigorates your body and delights your mind.

How to practice:

  • Sit in the Padmasana position.
  • Insert your hands through the gap between the thighs and calves near the knees.
  • Start with your fingers and gradually push your hands up to the elbows.
  • Inhale and raise your body off the floor. Then continue normal breathing.
  • Your legs should be off the floor upto the level of the elbows.
  • You can easily insert your hands in the gap if you slightly rise the Padmasana position. Pot-bellied persons may find it difficult to insert their hands in the gap between their calves and thighs.
  • In the beginning, remain in this position for ten seconds. Gradually increase this time to a minute depending upon your age and ability.