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Goraksha means a cowherd. Gorakshasana is a difficult balancing pose and one feels elated even if one can only balance for a few seconds.



  1. Perform Padmasana, stretch the arms forward and place them on the floor.
  2. Rest on the hands and raise the hips from the floor.
  3. Stretch the trunk up vertically and stand with the top part of the knees on the floor.
  4. Stretch the thighs and balance gradually by lifting the hands one by one from the floor.
  5. When balance is secured, fold the hands in front of the chest and hold the position as long as you can.
  6. Place the hands on the floor, sit down and release the legs.
  7. Change the leg position and repeat the pose for the same length of time.

Effects of Gorakshasana

In addition to the benefits of Padmasana, one achieves a sense of balance. The coccyx (the tail bone) gets elasticity by the practice of Gorakshasana.

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