Elevated Lotus Pose
Tolasana (Elevated Lotus Pose) is an asana in advanced level. This asana falls under the balanced category. The term "Tolasana" refers to a specific yoga position also known as the "Elevated Pose". The word "Tola" in the name Tolasana means "even balance" in Sanskrit. The name actually alludes to the scales with which the human body resembles when in this pose. The raised Lotus Pose is another name for this p articular asana. Tolasana is a pose that involves balancing the arms and tones the abdominal muscles as well. Tolasana works on your manipura chakra.
Steps to do Elevated Lotus Pose / Tolasana
- From Dandasana, come to Padamasana (Lotus Pose).
- Now place both the palms on the ground, by the side and spread the fingers evenly.
- Engage the core and using your arm strength, raise the hips above the ground. Complete body balanced on the palms.
- Stay in the posture for as long as it is comfortable.
- Slowly release and repeat padmasana with the other leg on top.
Tips for beginners
- Press your hands firmly into the ground.
- Straighten your arms as you raise your torso and legs off the ground.
- Your hands should be the only part of your body touching the floor as you balance your full body weight.
- Benefits includes all the benefits of Padmasana, also:
- Helps in toning the body.
- Tendons, ligaments and tissues of wrists, abdomen. spine and knees are stimulated.
- Improves upper body strength.
Watch out for
- Do not attempt in case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, hip or spine injury.
- People with shoulder or back pain, peptic ulcer should avoid.
- Women should avoid during pregnancy and menstrual cycle.
- It is safe to not add variations for this asana.