When this asana is performed, the body takes the shape of scales. So it is called Tolangulasana.
- Lie with the foot-lock as in Padmasana.
- Place your hands, palms upward, under the middle part of the hips.
- If it is difficult to place the palms under the hips, lift the body up with the help of the elbows and rest.
- Thus, the body will remain supported on the elbows and the hips.
- Hold the breath as long as possible.
- Then exhale slowly. Keep the eyes open and the body stretched.
- Breathe normally. Bend the neck forward and fix the eyes on the navel.
- Retain the posture for half a minute to begin with, and progressively, but quite slowly, increase the duration maximum to three minutes depending on individual age, strength and benefits desired.
- Practice this asana five to ten times.
Advantages of Tolangulasana:
- This asana relieves foul gases accumulated in the stomach.
- This asana makes the vertebral column elastic and flexible.
- The abdominal tension pushes down all faecal matter to the end of the passage of the colon.
- It stimulates blood circulation in the muscles and the nerves of the arms and the hands which are incidentally toned up and strengthened.
- It strengthens and enlarges the rib-box.
- It increases the elasticity of the spine and tones up the nervous system.
- It cures diseases such as constipation, dysentery, asthma, tuberculosis and diabetes.
- The constant practice of this asana improves the functioning of the sound box and brings melody to the voice. It improves the eyesight.
- It cures the swelling in the thighs and strengthens the loins.
- One experiences the fresh flow of energy and vitality in the arms and the shoulders.