Makarasana – Crocodile Pose
Maka = Crocodile.
Asana = Pose.
Makarasana offers deep relaxation for your shoulders and spine.
This posture is perfect for the absolute beginner.
It is a relatively simple yoga posture that provides a time and space to move the focus inwards whilst relaxing the whole body.
It is a great counter pose, to stronger yoga postures and practices.
By lying on your stomach your chest and shoulders are able to rest and open whilst you let go of tension in your lower back.
This pose is a great way to relieve stress.
How to Perform Makarasana
Lie face down on your yoga mat. Bring your hands to the front of the mat. Slowly cross your arms in front of you, so that you make a pillow for your forehead with your forearm. Rest your forehead onto your forearms, join your big toes and allow your heels to roll apart (keeping your big toes together).
There are many variations of this posture, including different upper body or lower body lifts to strengthen the lower back.
This is my favourite variation of the pose.