Instructions: Stand erect. The head, neck, and spine should be straight. Keep your left leg straight and wind your right leg around it. Now gradually bend your left leg, transfer all your body weight on the left leg and sit down as you sit on a chair. Now spread your hands forward and then form them in a namaskara pose.

Thereafter repeat this asana with the other leg. Repeat this exercise five times with each leg i.e. ten times in total.

Benefits: Sankatasana strengthens the spine, the legs and arms. It helps reduces the unwanted fat deposited on the hips and relaxes tired legs. This asana helps to keep away back-ache, kidney stones and hernia. This asana is very essential in fortifying the legs and the arms.

This asana is also known as Shirsh-Padasana.

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