A sitting forward bending pose, Kurmasana gets its name from the Sanskrit term ‘Kurma’ meaning turtle or tortoise, and ‘asana’ meaning posture or seat. The name is so given since, at the end of the pose, your body posture resembles that of a tortoise.
Also known as the Turtle or Tortoise Pose, this asana finds a mention in ancient 7th-century yogic illustrations. In modern yoga, Kurmasana is described amongst the Iyengar Yoga poses, where it is said to be dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s tortoise incarnation.
Benefits and Contraindications
Encourages mobility and flexibility in the hips.
Toning the abdominal area
Stimulating the digestive system along with kidneys and liver
Relieving lower back issues
Reducing sciatica pain
Enhancing blood circulation
Reducing stress and anxiety
Opening up the chest and lungs
Managing asthma symptoms
Reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
Injuries in the shoulder, arm or hips
Fever, cold, or flu
Photo poses in different angles
Frequently Asked Questions
- Reclined Tortoise Pose
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