Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Karna (कर्ण, Karṇa) = ear
Pida (पीड, Pīḍa) = pressure
Asana (आसन, Āsana) = pose, posture, seat
Karna Pidasana (कर्णपीडासन, Karṇa-Pīḍāsana) = ear-pressure-pose

Always enter this pose from Halasana. Exhale as you lower your knees toward the floor close to ears. Keep your arm straight, your palms facing the floor. If it is too much to take your knees all the way down to the floor you can partially lower them keeping your lower back supported with your hands. Remain here for 15-25 breaths. If your knees reach the floor you can play with the pressure on your ears. Never force your knees down, also make sure that there is not too much pressure on your neck. If your breath comes restricted  back off until you can fully breathe without strain. Gaze is at the tip of your nose.
This is a soothing fetal position that offers deeper spinal flexion and a more intense stretch of the hips. This also lends a great internal abdominal massage to the organs.
Calms the brain. Stretches the shoulders and spine. Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. Reduces stress and fatigue.Therapeutic for backache, earache, headache, infertility, insomnia, sinusitis.

It also stimulates the internal abdominal organs (helping aid digestion), thyroid, and prostate glands.This pose tones the thighs, buttocks, and hips while stretching the shoulders and neck.