This pose is fairly easy to do and gives flexibility to the legs.
How to do Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian Pose)?
- Ashwa Sanchalanasana is done immediately after the Padahastasana pose in Surya Namaskara. So Padahastasana is the starting pose for Ashwa Sanchalanasana.
- From this position, take the left leg as far back as possible. In the process, bend the right knee without changing its position. Inhale while stretching the left leg backwards.
- Keep the hands straight with fingers touching the floor. Arch the back and tilt the head slightly backward. Look straight ahead.
- When done as part of the Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation exercises) a mantra can be chanted while performing this asana. Ashwa Sanchalanasana is done as the 4th pose and the 9th pose. The mantra to be chanted is given below:During 9th pose chant “Om Adityaya Namaha”. It means salutation to the son of Aditi.
- During 4th pose chant “Om Bhanave Namaha”. It means salutations to the one who shines.
Benefits of Ashwa Sanchalanasana (Equestrian Pose)
- It tones the abdominal organs.
- It gives flexibility to the leg muscles during stretching.
- It gives a sense of nervous balance.
Contraindications for Ashwa Sanchalanasana
- Avoid this pose if you have any knee injury.