Crocodile Pose: Makarasana

Crocodile Pose: Makarasana

Benefits

Crocodile Pose is a restorative pose with several benefits:

  • Lengthens the spine gently
  • Release lower back compression
  • Relaxes the body
  • Calms the mind
  • Therapeutic for high blood pressure
  • Helps relieve fatigue

Crocodile Pose: Makarasana

Cautions

  • Pregnancy

Steps

Makarasana: (ma-ka-RAHS-anna)

Makra: Crocodile

1. Start in Sphinx Pose. Stack your palms in front of your face and rest your forehead down on the backs of your hands.

2. Stretch your legs out down your mat, hip width distance apart. Let your ankles gently roll out, without twisting or straining your ankles.

3. Take a deep inhale, then exhale deeply to fully relax your body. Feel as if you are melting into the floor, holding no muscular engagement.

4. Close your eyes and relax. Breathe here for up to 5 minutes, then push back to Child’s Pose

Modifications

  • You can rest your forehead on a block or blanket instead of your hands.
  • Tuck your toes under to intensify the stretch in your calves.
Tags: yoga pose, asana, Restorative Pose, Crocodile Pose, Makarasana, lower back release