By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
Lolasana is a hardcore and intermediate level arm balancing pose. In the final pose the practitioner is moving front and back just like a hanging pendant. Therefore, it is called as pendant pose. It is also known to strengthen the flexors of hips and muscles of the arms. It strengthens wrist, forearms, shoulders and tones up core muscles and upper back.
Lol – pendant / fickle / swinging / trembling / dangling
Asana – pose
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Table of Contents
Positioning for the pose
Sit in Vajrasana – diamond pose.
Inhale to align your body.
Getting into the pose
Release from the pose
Advanced variations of pendant pose are –
Padma Lolasana – It is a variant of Lolasana. Instead of diamond pose the practitioner keeps his legs crossed in lotus pose, lifts the body off the floor with the support of his hands pressed against the floor / block and swings to and fro.
Here, legs are crossed in lotus pose. Then the body is raised off the floor. From Lolasana, you should place your right foot on the left thigh and left foot on the right thigh to assume lotus pose. From here, by taking the hand support on the floor or on the blocks placed beside your legs, lift off your body in the air. This is also called as Uttitha Padmasana – raised lotus pose by some experts.
Utthita Lolasana – Raised pendant pose
Navasana – beginners may start with boat pose
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Watch this video to follow the method of doing Lolasana
Follow Up Poses
Hold the pose for 4-5 counts while you take deep breathe or for 30-60 seconds.
This pose activates Muladhara Chakra – Root Chakra and the Manipura Chakra – the Solar Plexus. One would achieve mental and emotional stability when the root chakra gets balanced. Likewise the self-confidence and motivation improves when the solar plexus is activated.
Practice with caution if you are a pregnant or take advice from expert Yoga teacher.
It should also be avoided by women during menstruation.
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Impact on Doshas and its subtypes – The pendant pose is beneficial for digestive functions and rejuvenates the related organs of the system and hence beneficial in balancing the doshas related to digestive functions including samana vata, pachaka pitta and kledaka kapha. It is also good for mental wellbeing and hence balances prana vata, sadhaka pitta and tarpaka kapha, including vyana vata. The pose provides good cure for respiratory disorders and hence useful in balancing udana vata and avalambaka kapha.
Impact on tissues – This pose strengthens the muscles and hence beneficial for maintaining the health of muscle tissues in the body. Since it increases the bone density and makes them strong, it is good for bone tissue. The pose also is good for the health of joints of the body. It is beneficial for the healthy maintenance of the channels of circulation and transportation of muscle and bone tissues. The pose is a good one to deplete the belly fat and is hence an important one to balance the fat stores in the body. It also keeps the channels of transportation of fat in the body healthy and balance.