This is the prone half bow pose. Start by lying flat on your stomach with your hands stretched out over your head on the floor. Slowly rise up from your lower back and with the right hand outstretched on the floor, reach back towards your right foot with your left hand. Bend the right knee back towards the body so that you can clasp it in your left hand. Your left leg is stretched straight out on the floor. The opposite hand clasps the opposite foot. Then lower back down to the floor and rest for a few seconds. Then repeat this on the other side.
Precaution: Pregnancy. Acute low-back injury, high blood pressure, or heart concerns. Shoulder concerns weak heart, high blood pressure, hernia, colitis, peptic or duodenal ulcers
Benefits: Brings back elasticity to the spine and tones the abdominal organs. Slipped discs. The liver, abdominal organs and muscles are massaged. The pancreas and adrenal glands are toned, balancing their secretions. The kidneys are massaged and excess weight is reduced around the abdominal area. This leads to improved functioning of the digestive, excretory and reproductive organs and helps to remove gastrointestinal disorders, dyspepsia, chronic constipation and sluggishness of the liver. The spinal column is realigned and the ligaments, muscles and nerves are activated, removing stiffness. It helps to correct hunching of the upper back.