This the sideways bow pose. First lie on your stomach with your legs and arms outstretched. Then bend the knees so the toes are pointing towards your head and grasp the toes or ankles with your hands. This is the bow pose. Now exhale and roll over onto your right side. Stay here breathing easily for about thirty seconds. Now return to centre and then exhale and flip onto your left side and breathe easily here for thirty seconds. Then return to centre and relax back into a prone position.
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.