Harper's Bazaar June 2018 - Page 97

1 PADAHASTA ASANA Top, `3,500, Abraham & Thakore. Skirt, `19,900, Jayanti Reddy. 1. P RA N A M ASA N A Mantra: Om Mitraya Namaha—salutations to the friend of all. Chakra: Anahata—or the heart chakra, located in the centre of the chest slightly left of the heart. Stand straight with the spine erect and the palms in namaskara mudra at the heart centre. The primary balancing posture in the series, this prepares the body and mind to begin the practice. 2. H ASTA U T T H A N ASA N A —Inhale Mantra: Om Ravaye Namaha—salutations to the shining one. Chakra: Vishuddha—at the base of the throat. Stretch your arms over your head and gently arch your head, neck, and back. This posture stretches the body upward and backward giving traction to the spine, and also gives a gentle massage to the abdomen, improving digestion. 3. PA DA H ASTA ASA N A —Exhale Mantra: Om Suraya Namaha—salutations to the one who induces activity. Chakra: Ajna—also known as the third eye, located between the eyebrows. Bring your arms and head down, and place your hands in line with your toes. Try touching your forehead to the knees. This gives the benefits of an inversion, as well as those of the forward bending pose that follows it: Improved digestion, blood flow during a menstrual cycle, and stimulation of the spinal muscles. 4. A S H WA SA N C H A L A N A SA N A —Inhale Mantra: Om Bhanave Namaha—salutations to the one who illuminates. Chakra: Ajna—also known as the third eye, located between the eyebrows. Stretch your right foot back, bend the left knee, and drop your arms by your side keeping the elbows straight. Bring the fingers of both hands in line with the left foot and slowly stretch your chin up. The main benefit here is to the pelvic region of the body. As the breath, or prana, moves upward, the chakra in the forehead region is stimulated. 97