Vajrasana (Pelvic pose):

Sit erect and stretch out your legs. Fold your legs back, placing the feet on the sides of the buttocks with the soles facing back and upwards. Rest your buttocks on the floor between your heels. The toes of both feet should touch. Now, place your hands on your knees and keep the spine, neck and head straight. Vajrasana can be performed even after meals. It improves the digestion and is beneficial in cases of dyspepsia, constipation, colitis, seminal weakness and stiffness of the legs. It strengthens the hips, thighs, knees, calves, ankles, and toes.

Shirshasana (Topsyturvy pose):

Shirsha means ‘head’. In this asana, one stands on one’s head. Kneel on the ground,
interlocking the fingers of both hands. Place the ‘fingerlock’ on the ground in front of you,
keeping the elbows apart. Support your head on the fingerlock. Start raising your knees
one at a time, to chest level. Then raise your feet slowly so that the calf muscles touch the
thighs. Breathe normally. This is the first stage which should be done perfectly as the
balance of the final posture depends mainly on this stage. Next, raise your knees first and
then slowly raise the feet so that the whole body is straight, like a pillar. This is the final
pose. Return to the original position by reversing the order, step by step.

This asana
should not be done jerkily. The important factor in shirshasana is mastering the balance,
which comes through gradual practice. For proper balance, elbows should be placed
firmly on the ground, alongside the fingerlock. Initially the asana should be done for 60
seconds only. The duration may be gradually increased by a further 10 seconds each
week.

Regular practice of shirshasana will benefit the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive,
excretory and endocrine systems. This asana helps cases of dyspepsia, seminal
weakness, varicose veins, arteriosclerosis, jaundice, renal colic and congested liver.
Those suffering from oozing from the ears, iritis, high blood pressure or a weak heart
should not practice this asana.

Viparitakarani (Inverted action pose):

Lie flat on your back, with your feet together and arms by your side. Press your palms
down, raising your legs to a perpendicular position without bending the knees. Your palms
should touch the waist. Then straighten your legs. The trunk should not make a right
angle with the ground but simply an upward slanting position. The chest should not press
against the chin but be kept a little away. To return to the ground, bring your legs down
slowly, evenly balancing your weight.

Through this asana, the muscles of the neck become stronger and blood circulation is
improved. The functioning of the cervical nerves, ganglia and the thyroid also gets
improved.

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