Ashtanga (danda) Namaskara (Salutation with eight limbs)

Ashtanga (danda) Namaskara (Salutation with eight limbs)

Salutation: Aum Pushne Namah (I bow to him who nourishes all beings)

Description: From Adho Mukha svanasana slowly bring both the knees down and then slowly bring the chest down. See that eight parts of the body are touching the floor including two feet, two knees, two hands, the chest and the chin or forehead.  (Ashta means eight and anga means body parts or limbs,  Danda means paying homage by touching the floor). Make sure the hips are slightly raised above the ground. Inhale and exhale in this position. Keep feet flat on the floor.

Benefits: Bending and stretching slowly helps the body to be flexible. Expands the chest. Develops the leg and arm muscles. Increases flexibility and releases tension in the neck and shoulders. Strengthens the core.

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