Tolangulasana – The Weighing Scale Pose

Tolangulasana or the Weighing Scale Pose is good for controlling obesity and toning the abdominal organs. Tolangulasana looks like a weighing scale in the final pose, hence the name. It gives a sense of relaxation and also helps to strengthen the shoulders and arms.

This pose also gives a sense of relaxation and balance.


How to do Tolangulasana (The Weighing Scale Pose)?

  1. Sit on the floor and assume the Padmasana pose. Padmasana is the cross-legged pose used for meditation.
  2. Tilt backwards and support the weight of the body using the elbows. Place the palms of the hands under the buttocks.
  3. Raise the head, trunk and the legs further up.
  4. The entire weight of the body should be balanced by the palms under the buttocks and the elbows.
  5. Inhale slowly and retain the breath. Perform the chin lock or Jalandhara Bandha.
  6. Hold the breath and remain in this position for as long as you are comfortable.
  7. To release the pose slowly bring back the legs to the ground while exhaling slowly. Release the cross legged position. Lie in Shavasana for resting.
  8. One can repeat this up to 5 times as per one’s convenience.


Benefits of Tolangulasana (The Weighing Scale Pose)

  1. Tolangulasana can remove obesity and hence a good asana for weight loss.
  2. It tones the organs in the abdomen including liver.
  3. It broadens the chest and strengthens the arms, shoulders and neck muscles.
  4. Tolangulasana gives a sense of relaxation.