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Makarasana (Resting Crocodile)

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