Lizard Pose or Utthan Pristhasana is one of a main yoga pose that opens up your hips. In Sanskrit, Utthan means to stretch out, Pristha means the page of a book, and Asana means pose.
Depending on how flexible you are, Lizard Pose can be intense for your hips, she says, adding: This asana creates an incredibly balanced stretch for the outer and inner hip.
How to do it?
Be on your Yoga mat and begin the Asana by facing downward like a dog and inhale. Exhale as you step your right foot slowly to the outside of your right hand. Ensure your foot comes to the front of your mat so your toes will be in line with your fingers.
Now your right knee should be bent at an angle of a 90-degree and stacked above the ankle. Your toes should point out about 45 degrees.
Now inhale as you slowly get your elbows to the floor with your forearms flat on your mat. Spread your palms widely out on the floor. Now you should keep your head in a neutral and relaxed position.
Following this exhale and press into your left heel as to keep your left leg active. This will help you to ensure your hips don’t sag toward the floor. Stay intact in this pose for 5 deep, full breaths.
To release from the pose, exhale deeply and while straightening your arms so your wrists are under your shoulders. Inhale while stepping back to Downward Dog. Stay in your beginning pose for several breaths.
Then repeat the above steps now starting with your left leg forward to ensure the pose is performed equally on both sides.
Utthan Pristhasana is a best way to stretch your hamstrings, hip flexors, and quadriceps.
It also strengthens the inner thigh muscles on the front leg while strengthening over all leg muscles. This Asana also reduce stress and tension. Most importantly Lizard pose helps you to reduce your belly fat.
This Asana is an excellent pose for sportsperson as it tones up the shoulder and chest.
(With inputs from The OnLook News Research Bureau)