Updated: Nov 13, 2018
Makarasana is one of the relaxation Asana in Hatha Yoga.
In Sanskrit "Makar" means Crocodile and Asana means Posture Pattern. It is a very good pose for the relaxation of body and mind along with some other benefits.
The pose is called Makarasna because it resembles the figure of Makara or Crocodile. A crocodile when basking in the sun on the banks of a river appears quite relaxed and lethargic. But it is full of energy when returned to the river.
In Gheranda Samhita the asana is described as:
"Adhyasya sete hyundaram ca vaksho bhumau ca padaupravisaryamanu