The third pose of Bikram Yoga, it requires a lot of balance really and its pretty funny when you can hear knees creaking when everyone is slowing going moving down while trying to balance.
Benefits of this pose:
- tones and shapes your legs
- heals chronically cold feet
- helps relieve rheumatism and arthritis in the legs, cures slipped discs and other spinal problems.
- strengthens and tones the upper arm, abdomen and shoulders
My personal take:
When I first started, I couldn’t lift my hands straight for the whole duration of the pose. it felt like lead.
Now, it feels like the most natural thing to do. The keep your back straight while bending your knee stance is a little harder as all your body weight needs to fall on your heels and the temptation to lean forward to counter the pose is there.