Stand with your feet close together. Make a deep inhalation and stretch both arms straight over the head. Feel the entire body stretching up. Exhale and bend forward down towards the ground with the hands stretched out. Take care to keep the knees straight. Grasp the back of your lower legs.

Remain in the position for a few seconds or up to one minute, breathing gently.

Effect: This asana is important for your health as it invigorates the nervous system. Stretching the muscles in the back of the leg and lower back (lumbar region) relives stiffness and improves blood supply.