Yoga Stork Pose and Health Benefits

What is Gurudasana: The Stork Pose

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 tip toe. 


The Tree variation illustrated includes the benefits of the Mountain pose and Stork posture.

Health Benefits and Precautions Of The Stork Pose

  • To increase sense of balance and neuro muscular co-ordination

  • 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

  • Increase concentration



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 spine.


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 knee

  • Wrap other leg around it or place sole of opposite foot against inside of thigh

  • Place one elbow into the crook of the other

  • 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.


Points To Correct During Practice

  • Leaning to side of forward

  • Bending knee too much

  • Improper arm and hand positions

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