Lord Shiva’s Pose (Natarajasana) helps open the chest, and corrects improper posture, particularly slouching shoulders. It develops concentration and balance, as well as helping stretch the thighs and shoulders.
Sometimes known as Dancer Pose, Natarajasana, helps strengthen your legs and ankle joints.
Lord Shiva’s Pose – How To
1 Stand in Mountain Pose (Tadasana), facing forward, feet below your hips and hands by your sides. Find a point in front of you to gaze at.
2 Shift your weight onto your left leg. Inhale and bend your right knee keeping it alongside the left one. Grasp your right ankle, foot or toes (whatever you can comfortably manage).
3 Bring the right foot back and upwards. Reach upwards and forward with the left arm. Ensure your left knee is not locked.
4 Breathe in and out through your nose, hold the pose for around one minute, or long as you can.
5 Bring your left arm down by your side, then release your right foot, bringing knee and arm down, finishing with both feet together on your mat.
Repeat on other side.
This pose should be avoided if you have low blood pressure. If you have weak ankles, injured knees or lower back problems please proceed with care.