Friday, 23 September 2011

Ugrasana - The Difficult Pose

The word "Ugra" refers to 'difficulty' or 'frightening'. This posture poses difficulty to the practitioner and hence the name.


  1. Sit down erect on the floor with the legs stretched out in front.
  2. Spread both your legs as far apart as you can.
  3. Stretch your arms to hold the big toes of the respective feet.
  4. Slowly bend your trunk forward and touch your forehead on the ground.
  5. Keep both legs straight without bending the knees.
  6. Hold this position for a few seconds.
  7. Return to sitting position by first raising your head and then releasing the big toe.
Note: Beginners should not strain in order to touch the forehead to the ground.


  • If you suffer from ulcer or chronic constipation, do not practice this pose.


  • This pose makes the abdomen stronger.
  • The back muscles get stretched and toned.
  • It tones up kidneys, stomach, liver and other abdominal organs.
  • The excess fat around the abdomen is reduced by practicing this asana.


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