Pasasana - Noose Pose

Noose Pose
This position, suitable for intermediate and advanced students, is described in the Full Pose section below. First we'll look at a simpler version of this twist, using the wall as a prop.

pasa = a snare, trap, noose, tie, bond, cord, fetter

One of the poses that you may want to add to your yoga routine is the Pasasana, also known as The Noose Pose.

The Noose Pose in Yoga can be described as a fairly advanced posture, where you squat, bend forward and twist your body, all at the same time. This pose allows your pelvis to drop lower than it normally does when you are just seated.

This results in further stretching of the spine. Therefore, the Noose Pose in Yoga can help increase flexibility in your torso, improve circulation around the spine and promote better nerve health. While practicing this pose, you will also experience some compression in your abdominal area. This intensifies the effects of the pose on your intestines, kidneys and liver.

Steps :
1. Begin the exercise by standing in the Tadasana (The Mountain Pose).

2. Bend your knees in such a way that you are squatting completely and the buttocks are close to your heels and your torso against your thighs. If you find it difficult to squat placing the feet flat on the ground, you could place a blanket that is folded or a sandbag below your heels.

3. Twist your body from the belly, towards the right side. Extend your left arm, bringing its upper part to the outer side of the right knee.

4. Turn your palm down, bend your elbow and wrap your forearm around your right shin.

5. Extend your right arm, before sweeping it around and towards the back. Grab your left wrist in your right hand. In case you find it difficult to execute this step, you could use a strap to close the gap. Alternately, you could just hook your fingers.

6. Deepen the pose by using the arm that is placed against the knee to twist further, towards the right. Turn your head towards the right too, to make it easier. At the same time, pull your shoulder blades down the back and towards each other.

7. Make sure that your outer hips are firm and press your heels into the floor, thereby lowering your sitting bones towards them.

8. While breathing in lift the sternum and lengthen it out, through the top of your head

9. While breathing out, twist your body a bit more, leading with your left ribs

10. Release the twist after around 5 breaths or so. Repeat the exercise with the other side of your body.

Precautions :
> In case you are suffering from any knee problems and injuries, you may need to avoid deep squats
> Do not practice this pose, if you have a lower back injury, or if you experience pain in the back due to any reason.
> Those who have a herniated disc should not try to execute any yoga twists, like the Noose Pose.

Beginner’s Tip :
> The Noose Pose is one of the more advanced yoga poses, as you need to squat, balance your body and turn it in a twist at the same time. Not many people can execute this pose perfectly the first few times they try it. If you are trying the Noose Pose for the first time, it may be advisable for you to try a simpler version of the sequence, where you stand close to the wall, so that it is possible for you to use it as a prop.

> Several beginners also go through the rudiments of the Noose Pose, while they sit in a chair. To practice this pose using the chair for the first time or so, sit near the front edge of your seat. Press your left hand on to the outside of your right knee and then twist your body to the right. To improve the twist, you could push your right hand against the back of the chair and lift your spine. Breathe in and out slowly, a few times and maintain the position. Lean forward slightly, pressing your left forearm to your knee. Hold the position for a few breaths and then try to lay the left side of your torso down, close to the top of your thighs. Make sure that your palms are pressed evenly and firmly against each other. Slowly, untwist your body and get up, while you breathe out. Repeat the entire exercise, with the other side of your body. Once you feel comfortable practicing this sequence, you could try the simpler Noose Pose, using the wall.

Benefit To Body Part :
> The abdominal muscles get stimulated when you practice the noose pose, which improves digestion and enables your body to eliminate waste material more effectively.
> The spine stretches considerably while you execute this pose, which in turn strengthens it. The additional benefit to this body part is that the circulation of blood and oxygen to the area increases, thereby promoting a healthier nervous system
> The regular practice of this pose tends to relieve the tension in the back, shoulder and neck.
> The chest, shoulders, ankles, thighs and the groin area open up and become stronger, because they stretch during this posture

Therapeutic Applications :
> Relieving asthma
> Alleviating back, neck and shoulder tension
> Reducing problems related to indigestion and flatulence
> Decreasing the discomfort women go through, during their menstrual cycle
> Helping conditions such as sciatica

Variations :
> Stand in the Mountain Pose (Tadasana), making sure that you are around a forearm’s distance from the wall
> Let the knees bend, so that you squat completely. Your buttocks need to be sitting on your heels
> Swing your knees a bit towards the left side.
> Breathe out and turn your torso towards the right. Use the wall for support, by pressing both your hands into it. While you press your left hand into the wall, the elbow should press against the outer part of your right knee.
> Snug your knee into the armpit and bend your elbow, before swinging the forearm around the front of the shins.
> Place your hand just on the outside of the shin
> Breathe out and sweep the other arm behind your back
> Grasp the upper wrist or hand with the hand at the bottom

Preparatory Poses :
> Half Lord Of The Fish Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
> Cobbler Pose (Baddha Konasana)
> Child Pose (Balasana)
> Bharadvaja's Twist (Bharadvajasana)
> Cow face Pose (Gomukhasana)
> Garland Pose (Malasana)
> Sage Pose I & III (Marichyasana I and III)
> Revolved Side Angle Pose (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana)
> Reclined Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
> Reclining Big Toe Pose (Supta Padangusthasana)
> Hero Pose (Virasana)


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