Vakrasana is a simplified form of the Ardha Matsyendrasana, an asana named after Matsyendranath, the founder of Hatha Yoga. It stretches the thigh and tones the abdomen.


Vakrasana is a simple form of Ardha Matsyendrasana. Those unable to perform Ardha-Matsyendrasana generally prepare for the tougher posture by practicing the Vakrasana. This particular yogic pose was first expounded by Swami Kuvalayananda.

Practice of Vakrasana
* Sit erect, stretching the legs in front together.

* Hands should be by the side, palm resting on the ground, fingers together pointing forward.

* Slowly fold one leg (i.e left) at the knee and place the sole on the ground near the knee of the right leg. The knee of the left leg should make 900 angle straight towards sky.

* Taking the left hand towards back, place the palm on the ground straight from spine. Fingers should be together pointing backward.

* Then place the right hand towards the other side of the left knee. If legs are stretched towards east then fingers of the hand will point towards north.

* Now twist head and back towards backside and try to look at the backside.

* While returning to the original position, first bring head to the original position.

* Then take the right hand to its original position and then bring the left hand from the back and place it by the side of the body.

* Slowly stretch out the folded leg and sit erect as in the first position.

* In the same way practice it from the other leg. This makes one round of Vakrasana.

Although practicing this asana is simple, but pot bellied people may feel it difficult to place the hand to the other side of the knee. They are suggested to place the hand on the knee or keep it wherever it is, if it is not possible to place it on the ground.

Effects and precautions forVakrasana

* Vakrasana cures constipation, flatulence, liver weakness and nervous weakness.
* Reduces rigidity in the spine.
* This is also useful for kidney and other stomach diseases.
* Everybody can practice this Asana

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