This yoga posture is inspired by the cat stretch, giving your body the ever-relaxing feline stretch. It looks simple, but you will see how beneficial it is to the body as well as the mind, strengthens your wrists. Marjariasana benefits the shoulders by making them stronger. The movements in the asana massage your digestive organs and activate them.
Jal Neti is a technique that was used by yogis to stay disease-free, and most importantly to use the breath well for their Yogic practices without any blockages. Just how brushing the teeth is dental hygiene, the practice of Jal Neti is nasal hygiene. This technique uses water to purify and clean the nasal path, right from the nostrils to the throat. Jal Neti is one of the six-purification procedures or ‘Shatkarmas’ mentioned in Hatha Yoga Pradeepika.
It is beneficial in dealing with asthmatic conditions and making breathing easier.
It helps abate sinusitis or migraine attack.
It can alleviate upper respiratory complaints like sore throats, tonsils, and dry coughs.
It can clear the eye ducts and improve vision.
Clearing of nasal passages helps improve the sense of smell and thereby improves digestion.
It calms the nervous system and the mind. It also helps relieve stress and brings clarity to the mind.
This posture strengthens the arm and shoulder muscles, and stretches the chest. It develops a sense of balance and stability. It is used in the process of kundalini awakening due to the stimulation of mooladhara chakra.
In this asana the arms and wrists must be strong enough to support the body. People with a lot of hair on their legs may find it difficult and painful to insert the arms between the thighs and calves. Applying oil to the legs will ease the problem.
Take a deep breath in and raise the body. Breathe normally in the final position. Exhale while lowering.