Natarajasana – The Lord of Dance Pose

Nataraj is another name for Shiva, one of the Indian main Gods. His dance symbolises the universal energy. Natarajasana or Lord Shiva Dance Pose brings along many benefits. The level 1 posture stretches the shoulders, chest, thighs and groins.

Are curious on how to perform this pose correctly?

Here are the instructional steps for you:

  1. Stand in Tadasana
  2. Bring your body weight onto the right foot
  3. Lift the left leg and grab your left ankle with your left hand
  4. Bring your right arm forward and up
  5. Place your right hand into Gyan Mudra (Chin Mudra)
  6. Lean forward and try to bring your left leg further behind
  7. Grab your ankle so that it won’t slip away
  8. Maintain your hips parallel to each other
  9. Straighten your right arm and look up
  10. Kee the balance in the final position for at least 20 seconds
  11. Then, change the side

Benefits of Natarajasana:

  • Tones the shoulders, chest, thighs and abdomen
  • Stretches the groins
  • Improves the overall sense of balance
  • Assists in losing excess weight
  • Develops flexibility in the spine, shoulders and hamstrings
  • Promotes invigoration
  • Tones the digestive system
  • Calms the mind

Cautions and Contra-Indications:

Please avoid this posture during pregnancy.