Ashtanga Namaskara | 8 Limb Pose

 In Asana Pose Feature

Ashtanga Namaskara | 8 Limb Pose

(ash-TAHN-gaa nah-muh-SKAR-uh)

  • Asht = eight
  • Anga = limb
  • Namaskara = salutation

Benefits

  • Strengthens the arms, wrists, and spine
  • Increases flexibility
  • Opens chest and shoulders
  • Relieves low back tension

Modifications and Props

  • If you are experiencing discomfort in your lower back or neck, only bring your chest as far down as you can without causing pain.

Preparatory Poses

  • Cat Cow

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, or a recent neck, shoulder, elbow, or wrist injury
  • Women who are pregnant should avoid practicing this pose after the first trimester.
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