Lizard Pose or Utthan Pristhasana in Sanskrit (‘uttan’ = ‘stretch deep out’, and ‘pristha’ = ‘back of the body’, and ‘asana’ = ‘posture’) is similar to Lunge Pose (Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana) but practiced resting on the forearms.
Lizards have a great flexible upper body and hence the back of the body in this posture resembles the stretched out lizard. And the practice of the same is said to bring the very same flexibility and suppleness in the back and the various muscles involved.
Lizard Pose is considered a base pose as lizard pose variations can be derived from this pose. Lizard Pose helps boost energy in the body and hence can be included in yoga sequences.
Benefits and Contraindications
Opens The Hips
Reduces Stress & Tension
Strengthens Leg Muscles
Preps For Deeper Stretches
Injury at the knee or hips
Weak shoulder joints or forearms
Not to be practiced if the lower back pain is severe
Photo poses in different angles
Frequently Asked Questions
- Lizard Pose Elbows On Block
- Twisted Lizard Pose
- Lizard Pose With Quad Stretch
- Bound Lizard Pose Foot Behind Head
- Lizard Pose Airplane Arms Under Knee
- Lizard Pose With Forward Foot On The Floor
- Flying Lizard Pose
- Lizard Pose Variation Holding Back Foot
- Lizard Pose Variation One Knee On Floor Arms Stretched Forward
- Twisted Lizard Pose Ankle Grip
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