The posture of the body while practising this asana resembles Nataraja. So this asana is called Natarajasana. The pose inspires one to go ahead and work.
Technique : Stand erect with both the legs straight. Keep the arms straight by the sides and look straight. Bend either leg at the knee and raise it backwards. Hold the foot with the corresponding hand. Stretch the other arm in the opposite direction and look straight in that direction. Hold the position for eight to ten seconds. Repeat the exercise standing on the other leg. In the beginning, this asana can be practised four times a day. Later, it can be practised six times a day.
(1) This asana exercises all the joints of the body.
(2) It gives sufficient exercise to the shoulders, the hips, the knees, the ankles, the palms, the fingers and the spine.
(3) It relieves the pain in the waist and makes the waist flexible.