Practicing Yoga Stork Pose is a form of natural health therapy. Like the
bird poses, these are to develop
muscular co-ordination and selected muscular systems. Here the feet and
legs receive particular attention and because of the limited amount of
walking and climbing that is done they are of great use to the average
citizen of our modem towns and cities. The feet and legs are the
pillars of the body and their defective function adversely effects the
static and dynamic balance of the body, causing many and varied
maladies. The practice of these exercises develops the balance and
keeps the articulations of the feet exercised. To see this watch the
feet while holding the pose, and practice the poses for some time on
The Tree variation illustrated includes
the benefits of the Mountain pose and Stork posture.
Health Benefits and Precautions Of The
To increase sense of balance and neuro
To stretch muscles of the shoulder, arms,
chest and stomach
To correct structural and postural faults
To exercise the ligature and muscles of
the toes and feet
This is not an Asana but a Bhanda; hence it is a contraction of
special muscles and their nervous plexi. These must be done according
to certain precautions winch are that the stomach be empty and that at
lease 3 hours have passed after a meal, and the body warm, relaxed and
well. The bhanda must not be practiced after strenuous exercise,
preferably when the bowel is empty, and never by women near the
beginning or end of the Menses.
Uddiyana Bhanda is a strong contraction
of the abdornio and with no air in the lung the entire contents of the
stomach are pulled upwards. The transverse Colon is lifted up in a
great arc to almost the level of tile
heart, imparting a beneficial massage to tills important muscle. All
the glands of the body are stimulated including those of the throat.
The pose also gives a complete massage of all the organs in the
abdominal cavity, the whole torso is exercised and the vital functions
of digestion, assimulation and excretion are brought to peak
efficiency. The peristaltic contractions of the stomach and intestines
is increased. This exercise promotes long life and great vigour, being
the only exercise that allows the heart to be massaged without strain.
There is not a tissue, organ or muscle from the mouth to the anus that
is not beneficially toned, exercised or stimulated by this most
remarkable of all exercises.
This is the prime exercise in rousing the
great latent energy (Kundalini) which Yoga meta-physics postulates as
sleeping in a centre (Chakra) of Psychic energy at the base of the
It is of great benefit in the control of sexual urges and in the health
of the mind in this regard. When the Uddiyana Bhanda has been mastered
one can proceed to Nauli which is the controlled separation of the
Rectus Abdominus muscle.
The elevation poses are important accessories in order to develop this
muscle. When some control has been achieved, gently attempt to isolate
the muscle while the abdomin is relaxed in Uddiyana Bhanda. This
creates a vacuum in the colon and by this the Yogis induce water to
flow via the rectum into the colon for the purpose of irrigating this
section of the intestines.
By leaning a little to the left the muscle can be induced to move some
2 inches or so from the middle line and can thus be moved sideways or
rolled around in a circular motion greatly increasing the massage to
the organs in the torso.
The Stork Pose Technique
Stand on one foot, bend it slightly at
Wrap other leg around it or place sole of
opposite foot against inside of thigh
Place one elbow into the crook of the
Palms facing in one direction
Clasp fingers together
Straighten up as much as possible
Lift hands as high as possible
Breath deep and slow
When practicing The Stork Pose, always
alternate hand positions when leg positons are reversed.