Natarajasana (Dancer – Shiva)

Natarajasana

Dṛṣṭi: hastāgre = to the tip of the hand

From a standing position. Inhale and take first your right foot behind you and hold that foot or ankle with your right hand.

Raise the left hand up along side your head with the arm straight. You can hold the posture here, or if your balance is stable, tilt your body forwards and pull the leg up higher behind you (eventually to arch back fully and the foot to touch the head).

Lift your chest so that the body arches up slightly and stretch your left arm forwards by the side of your head.

Hold here for three breaths. Inhale as you come up and out of the posture.

Repeat on each side twice.