How to Perform Gorakshasana (Yogi Gorakhnath’s Pose)

Gorakhshasana originates from Sage Gorakhnath. This posture was his favorite meditation asana and helped him to remain motionless for many hours. People who can comfortably remain in the final pose of this asana may utilize it for meditation. Spiritually, Gorakhshasana balances Mooladhara Chakra.

Instructions on how to perform Gorakshasana:

  1. Sit with the legs stretched out in front of the body
  2. Bend the knees, take hold of the feet and place the soles together
  3. Draw the heels up to the perineum
  4. Raise the heels, keeping the balls of the feet on the floor
  5. Place the hands behind the buttocks, fingers pointing backward
  6. Lever the body forward until the feet become vertical
  7. The knees should remain on the floor
  8. Do not strain!
  9. Cross the wrists in front of the navel
  10. Hold the left heel with the right hand and the right heel with the left hand
  11. Straighten the spine and face forward
  12. Perform Nasikagra Drishti

Note: You can hold this pose as long as it’s comfortable!

The Benefits of Gorakhshasana:

  • Reverses the flow of Apana, directing it upward to the higher centers
  • It makes the legs and feet extremely supple
  • Improves concentration
  • Awakens Shushumna Nadi

Contra-Indications: You should not perform this asana until your knees and ankles have become very flexible.

What to keep in Mind 

The word asana is translated from the Sanskrit and stands for steady posture. Gorakshasana is a classical example for this: you can really try to stay in the posture as long as it feels comfortable. Once it becomes uncomfortable, you can release the pose and relax. Next time you tray, you may be able to extend the duration again.

Author Bio: Sophie from Austria is a traveler, yoga teacher and life enthusiast. She did her yoga teacher training at Gyan Yog Breath in India and loved her experience a lot. Currently, she is teaching yoga in Vienna and already planned her next journey to “Incredible India”.

 

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