Sit on the floor with knees bent, feet flat on the floor and your hands on your sides. With your back straight and head in line with the body, lift up through the chest and lean back to about a 45 degree angle. Keeping legs fairly straight and together, raise the legs as high as is comfortable. Keep neck and shoulders relaxed. Once you feel balanced, you may choose to reach the arms forward or up with palms facing each other. Hold the pose for as long as you can comfortably or try a repetition of inhaling with the feet on the mat, and exhaling, lifting into the pose.
Benefits: Strengthens the abdomen and core, hips, and lower back.
Contraindications: Recent abdominal surgery, heart problems, back injury, menstruation, pregnancy.

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