The name comes from the Sanskrit words nata meaning “dancer”, raja meaning “king”, and asana meaning “posture” or “seat”.  Natarajasana is a balance asana that strengthens the legs. It also is a full body stretch which engages the shoulders, chest and abdomen, strengthens the thigh and calf muscles, knees and ankles, hips and spine, and develops concentration and grace. This aesthetic, stretching and balancing asana is used in Indian classical dances.

Steps for Natarajasana

Stand in the tree pose or the tadasana.

As you inhale, shift your weight to the left foot and lift your right heel towards your buttock.

Put additional pressure on the straight left leg, thigh, hip and knee to ensure your legs are properly balanced.

Now reach your right hand behind the raised leg and grasp the right ankle.

Lift your hip and pubic area accordingly to avoid additional strain.

With the help of your right hand, pull your right leg further up and extend your left hand in front of you.

Stay in this pose 20-30 seconds and slowly come back to your starting position.

If you are convenient with the pose, then must repeat this with another leg.

Benefits of Natarajasana-

This pose is beneficial to improve concentration and also balances the equilibrium.

It improves the posture, helps to reduce weight and curbs obesity.

It helps in removing toxin from body and reduce the stress level.

It is hip-opener. Its regular practice corrects the disorders related to buttocks.

It stretches all the muscles of Shoulders, thighs and calves.

The knees, ankles and hips get adequate exercise. So it would be beneficial in curing the pain in hip joints, too.

Regullar practice of the asana improves the flexibility of the body.

Precautions for Natarajasana

Those suffering from low blood pressure should not practice Natarajana.

In the beginning take the support of your friend to maintain proper balance.

Doctor advice is must before practice any exercise.

Practice under expert guidance.