Scale Pose or Tolasana (toe-LAHS-ah-nah) is a strong pose that both requires and develops strength in many parts of the body. This includes strengthening the muscles of the arms, wrists, shoulders and abdomen. In addition, it requires flexibility in the hips to be able to place the legs safely in lotus pose without twisting the knees. It is also said to be beneficial on a physical level for stimulating the abdominal organs, thus improving digestion.
The Sanskrit word tola means “a pair of scales.” Here your arms become like pillars to support your crossed legs as they hang in the air like traditional weighing scales.
Is an intermediate level posture that belongs to the balancing pose category, it creates fire in the body, focuses the mind and brings balance to the practice.
In this pose, your body weight is balanced on your arms, so it is quite challenging to lift your body off the floor to achieve this pose.
Benefits and Contraindications
Increases flexibility in the hips and wrists
Tones core muscles, arms, and wrists
Clear the body toxins
Calms the mind and body
Stimulates digestive organs
Reduce stress and relieves anxiety
Ankle, knee or hip injury
Shoulder or wrist injury
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s best to consult with a healthcare provider before attempting this pose if you have a knee or hip injury. Modifications may be necessary to avoid aggravating your injury.
Aim to hold the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side, gradually working up to longer holds as you become more comfortable in the pose.
Some common mistakes while practicing Tolasana include not engaging the core, not keeping the arms straight, and lifting the hips too high or too low.
Tolasana can be challenging for beginners, but with consistent practice, anyone can master it. However, if you have any wrist or shoulder injuries, it is recommended to consult with a yoga instructor before practicing Tolasana.
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