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Kurmasana

Kurmasana, otherwise known as “Tortoise Pose”, is just that: a seated pose in which your limbs are spread outwards and your back resembles a tortoise shell. I won’t lie: this is not an easy pose!!! In fact, it’s intense. And if you have tight hips (like me) you’ll find it reeeeeaalllly challenging. But even if you can’t get fully into it yet (I still can’t), just working towards it while respecting your body and its limitations will still feel (kind of) good, and will help open your hips right up.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS
- Stretches and lengthens hamstrings and back muscles
- Improves functioning of digestive and respiratory systems
- Improves posture
- Improves respiration
- Stimulates abdominal organs
- Relaxes shoulders and neck
- Opens up hip basin, and increases hip mobility
- Calms the nervous system

MENTAL BENEFITS:
- stimulates solar plexus
- alleviates mild depression

THERAPEUTIC USES:
- alleviates mild headaches
- eases lower abdominal discomfort

AVOID THIS POSE IF YOU HAVE:
- shoulder injury
- elbow injury
- hip injury
- herniated disk
- menstrual cycle
- pregnant

HELPFUL TIPS:
This pose should be eased into slowly, and with control.

FOR STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS OF THIS POSE:

http://www.ajnayoga.ca/category/image-galleries/kurmasana-tourtoise

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