GORAKSHASANA (YOGI GORAKHANATH’S POSE)
6 Dec 2020 HYN Himalayan Yoga Academy
Jaanoorvorantare paadau uttaanau vyaktasamsthitau; Gulphau chaachchhaadya hastaabhyaamuttaanaabhyaam prayatnatah !!25!!
Kanthasankockchanam Kritvaa naasaagramavalokayet; Gorakshaasanamityaahuryoginaam siddhikaaranam!! 26!!
Keep the toes of both the feet in a hidden manner in the middle of both thighs and knees. Holding both heels with both hands, contract the throat and fix the graze at the nosetip. This gorakshasana enables yogis to attain siddhi.
Gorakshasana – Yogi Gorakhnath’s Pose
Gorakshasana or Yogi Gorakhnath’s pose was used as a meditative pose by the yogi Gorakhnath. Goraksha s the name of a well-known sage who was credited with creating the first-ever written text on Hatha yoga, called “Goraksha Samhita.” It is also sometimes known as the “Goraksha Paddhati.”
Goraksha is a semi-legendary figure who is believed to have lived around the 9th or 10th century. Legend has it that he was a student of Matsyendra, the man who first learned the teachings of yoga when he overheard Shiva talking to Parvati.
To perform this asana, the practitioner needs lot of flexibility of the legs muscles. It may take months to loosen the leg muscles to achieve the final pose.
Step to release the stretch:
You can keep this posture as long as you feel comfortable and release back to your basic asana.Breathing activities while doing Gorakshasana:You can continue breathe usually throughout your practice.
You can maintain this pose for few minutes according to your individual capacity. You can increase the duration by using your regular practice. If you maintain this posture for more time, you can obtain wonderful benefits.
Sit on the floor in padmasana.
Stretching the arms forward place them on the floor.
Raise your trunk and lift the hips off the floor.
Keeping the trunk stretched straight stand with your knees.
Stretch your thighs and gradually lift the hands off the floor one-by-one.
Maintain the balance and integrity of the spine.
Join your hands in prayer position in front of your chest.
Stay in the position as long as you can hold it comfortably.
Now, place your hands on the floor and bring your hips to the floor.
Release your legs and now change the leg position.
Repeat it for the same duration.
Benefits of Gorakshasana (Yogi Gorakhnath’s Pose)
- This excellent yoga pose reverses a flow of your apana, directing it upward exactly to the greater centers for better use in the meditative states.
- Gorakshasana make the legs and feet extremely flexibleIt helps to awaken the kundalini ShaktiIt can relieve piles and urinary disordersIt tones the reproductive system; Stimulates sexual energy.
- This yoga pose also makes your feet and legs supple, Strengthens leg muscles.
- Gorakshasana is an effective posture that aids you in sitting straight as well as gets used for sitting straight. It is therefore really good for the posture and back Your legs and ankles benefit from any pressure in the feet and post at the similar time stimulate your second chakra.
- It activates the sexual energy.
- This straightening task of your back as well as pressure from the base calms your digestion process and in this method Gorakshasana is particularly suggested against the IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
- This excellent yoga pose helps you to awaken your kundalini ShaktiIt can properly relieve urinary disorders and piles disordersAdditionally, it also tones your reproductive system.
- Gorakshasana can be merged with various Pranayama techniques and therefore create various resultsYou can experiment with various types of breathing in this asana and you will observe how the results change.
Precautions & Contraindications
An unhealthy people with stiff and painful legs feet and ankles don’t try this asana.
Do not hunchback while holding the pose.
While going into the pose and holding cowherd pose, the shoulders should be relaxed.
Avoid practicing gorakshasana if there is an issue with feet and leg joints.
If you are suffering from knee pain, then do not practice this asana.
People with sciatica and other lower spinal pain should not practice gorakshasana.
Practicing gorakshasana is beneficial in numerous ways. Along with providing the above-mentioned benefits, all the benefits associated with padmasana are also accessible through its practice.