Tolasana or scale pose is a seated lifted arm balance, which is also known as Lifted Lotus pose. Besides, getting the benefits of Padmasana, Tolasana helps in building arms and core strength too!!

What is so special about Tolasana?

Moola bandha and uddiyana bandha will be exercised when practicing tolasana. Because the whole abdomen is engaged and raised. Thus, this helps in balancing the adrenalin and testosterone-estrogen in the body. The scale posture is a dynamic posture which benefits the body inside out!

Chakra-wise

Practising Tolasana stimulates the Ajna chakra. This center is frequently depicted as the third eye in artwork and is used in various meditations. As the energy is activated, a person becomes more intuitive and intelligent. Because it connects us with a different way of seeing and perceiving, the third eye chakra’s images are often hard to describe verbally. It puts us in touch with the ineffable and the intangible more closely.

 

Benefits of Tolasana

  1. StrengthenerYour entire body needs to be strong, core and lower back as well as chest and shoulders in order to sit straight. And the arm strength is built over time.
  2. Tones the abdomen: as the whole abdomen is engaged and raised.
  3. Increases the hip flexibility and stretches the hamstrings.
  4. Homeostasis: As the bandhas are exercised, it creates a favourable hormonal environment in our body.

Pro-tip

Change the leg that’s on the top, every time you sit. You can use a yoga block, if you feel raising the body seems too difficult.

Contra-indications

Avoid the pose in case of severe knee pain.

Like most of yoga, this asana requires thoughtfulness and patience. Some people’s bodies easily fold into lotus, while others’ cannot. Some individuals have naturally long arms which will make lifting a touch more accessible. Regardless of your anatomy or strength level, with practice and persistence, Tolasana can become a regular part of your yoga practice.

Iti Jain