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23 Sep 2023


Practice of the Month


by Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute

Vakrasana is a simple form of Ardha-Matsyendrasana. Those who are unable to perform Ardha-Matsyendrasana should practise this Asana. This was first expounded by Swami Kuvalyanandaji.


  1. Sit with your legs together, extending them outward in front of you. Place the hands by the sides of the body with the palms on the ground and fingers pointing forward.
  2. Slowly fold the right leg at the knee and place the sole of your foot on the ground near the knee of the left leg. The knee of the right leg should make a 90 angle.
  3. Taking your right hand back, place your palm on the ground at the distance of 9 inches straight from the spine. Then, cross your left arm over your right knee and place your palm on the ground.
  4. Now, twist your trunk, shoulders, and head towards the right. Try to keep your gaze towards your backside.
  5. While returning to the original position, first turn your head towards the front. Move the left arm back to its original position, then bring the right arm back as before.
  6. Slowly stretch out your folded leg. Hands should be the sides of the body.
  7. Practice the posture using the opposite leg. Together this makes one round of Vakrasana.


If difficult to take the hand on the other side of the knee and place it on the ground, then can place the hand on the knee or keep it wherever it is.

Benefits and Limitations:-

  1. This posture helps in the removal of constipation and flatulence, as well as weakness in the liver and nervous system.
  2. Reduces the rigidity of the spine.
  3. This is also useful for kidney and stomach problems.
  4. Everyone can practice this Asana.

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