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Uttanpadasana Benefits – उत्तानपादासन करने की विधि और फायदे

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Ek Pada, Dwi Pada Uttanpadasana & Its Benefits – उत्तानपादासन के फायदे 

Uttanpadasana (उत्तानपादासन – Uttanpadasana In Hindi), also called Raised Legs Pose, is part of a digestive/abdominal group of asanas. The asanas of this group strengthen the digestive system.  These asanas are extremely beneficial for lower belly fat and flat stomach. The Raised Legs Pose is popular among those who are interested in weight loss or reduced belly.

Uttanpadasana Meaning

Uttanpadasana is made of words ‘Uttan’ which means raised, the word ‘Pada’ meaning leg and the word ‘asana’ meaning posture. In this yoga pose, the legs are raised upward that’s why it is called Raised legs Pose.

How To Do Eka Pada Uttanpadasana

  • Spread a Yoga Mat on the ground and lie down in the supine position on it.
  • Keep the legs straight, stretched and together.
  • The arms should be by the sides and palms facing down.

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  • Inhale, raise the right leg as high as is comfortable, keeping it straight.
  • Keep the left leg straight and on the floor.
  • Hold the breath if the posture is to be retained for just a few seconds. Breathe normally if the posture is retained for a longer period of time and holding the breath is not possible.
  • Maintain the awareness at the lower abdomen, on the stretch in the raised leg, hip joint and back muscles.

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  • Exhale and brings the right leg down on the floor slowly.
  • Repeat the same procedure with left leg.
  • This is one round.
  • Practice 2 to 3 rounds.

Dwi Pada Uttanpadasana Steps

  • Lie on the Yoga Mat in the supine position.
  • Legs should be straight, stretched and together.
  • The arms should be by the sides and palms facing down.
  • Inhale, raise both the legs as high as possible keeping them straight.
  • Hold the breath if the posture is to be retained for just a few seconds. Breathe normally if the posture is retained for a longer period of time and holding the breath is not possible.
  • Maintain the awareness at the lower abdomen, on the stretch in the legs, hip joints, and back muscles.

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  • Exhale and brings the legs down slowly on the floor.
  • This is one round.
  • Practice 2 to 3 rounds.

Uttanpadasana Practice Note

Once the practitioner has developed the strength enough to hold the pose for a good period of time, the same asana can be done by raising the legs at different angles from the floor. One can hold the pose at 30 degrees, 45 degrees and also 60 degrees from the floor also, maintaining the awareness of the stretch in the abdominal zone.

Uttanpadasana Precautions

  • Uttanapadasana should not be performed by the people suffering from High Blood Pressure.
  • This asana should not be performed by people suffering from severe back conditions.
  • Avoid this asana in case of abdominal injury or pain.

Uttanpadasana benefits

  • Uttanpadasna is great Yoga pose for weight loss, especially the lower abdominal area fat. It helps to burn the fat of lower belly region.
  • Regular practice of this asana will help to strengthen the lower back muscles, pelvic muscles, and perineal muscles.
  • Uttanpadasana help in balancing the navel and helps overcome such condition.
  • It helps to strengthen the abdominal muscles, further resulting in a strengthened digestive system.
  • Uttanpadasana helps correct prolapse.

Uttanpadasana is generally done in combination with Halasana & Sarvangasana depending on the capacity of the practitioner. A beginner should first practice Eka Pada Uttanpadasana and then Dwi Pada Uttanpadasana (once the muscles of the abdomen are strong enough for it).

For other Yoga Poses to reduce and soften the belly, you can read –

Naukasana (Boat Pose) – The Best Way To Soften The Abdomen

Pada Sanchalanasana – CyclingYoga Pose

About the author

Mahendra Kumar Vyas

Mahendra Vyas, with parental home at Jodhpur and born to Late Shri Goverdhan Lal Vyas and Shrimati Sharda Vyas, did Civil Engineering from M.B.M.Engineering College, Jodhpur. Shifted to Mumbai after completing engineering and worked with Sanjay Narang's Mars Group and Aditya Birla Group. With an inclination to spirituality and service, joined the Yoga stream and became a part of Yoga Niketan, Goregaon (west) in 2002 and since then practicing and imparting Yoga knowledge at Yoga Niketan and different corporates.

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