"Imperturbability results from a balance in the consciousness, and when the desire for all things that we see or have heard of is extinguished." - Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, 1:15

Saithalyasana is a seated, relaxing pose that is usually done while preparing for other seated asanas like bhujangasana and dhanurasana. This asana stretches the neck and the hips in opposite directions, and also opens up the hip joints. Saithalyasana is a very calming pose that improves circulation and makes the body flexible.

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To practice Saithalyasana, you need to follow the steps described below:

  • Sit on the floor with your legs straightened in front of you.
  • Gently bend the right knee and move your right foot inwards. Place the sole of the foot against the inner left thigh, close to your groin.
  • Gently bend the left knee, move your left foot outwards so the left heel lies adjacent to the left buttock.
  • Turn the torso to the right and rest your hands on the right knee.
  • Inhale, and raise your arms above the head.
  • Exhale, and bend forward over the right knee.
  • Bring your forehead gently to the floor, and relax in this position. Your arms should stretch straight ahead with palms down.
  • Inhale, and raise your arms and torso in a straight line until your back straightens.
  • Exhale, lower your arms to the right knee. 
  • Practice this asana 5 times on the right, then shift positions to practice 5 times on the left.
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The following are the benefits of doing saithalyasana regularly:

  • It stretches the back, pelvic area, thighs and opens the hip joints.
  • It balances the nervous system.
  • It massages the abdominal organs like stomach, liver, intestines, etc.
  • It improves digestion and blood circulation.

Saithalyasana is a beneficial and relaxing asana, but should not be practiced by everybody. You should not do this asana in the following conditions:

  • If you have a back or neck injury, do not try this asana without guidance.
  • This asana is not recommended for pregnant women in their late second and third trimesters.

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