This posture stretches the hamstrings and inverts the upper body.
At first, when the hamstrings are tight, you may feel a stretch in the lower back along with the legs. Focus on creating length in the back of the legs. Point the tailbone up and flatten the spine to bring the head closer to the floor. Hold the position in complete stillness and appreciate the peacefulness of the posture.
Take full, deep breaths in this posture.
This is an inversion with the head below the heart. It slows the heart rate and slows down the thoughts in the mind. It deeply stretches the back of the legs (hamstrings). If fosters stillness and a sense of calm. It increases strength in the feet and improves balance.
When you come out of the posture, be careful of lightheadedness, which is normal. Your blood pressure is returning to its upright status, so breathe deeply and take a moment to let the lightheadedness pass. If dizziness continues, squat down or kneel until it passes.
Excerpt from the Ghosh Yoga Practice Manual - Beginning
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