Half Tortoise Pose – Ardha-Kurmasana

The Half Tortoise Pose provides maximum relaxation to the entire body and psyche. It stretches the lower part of the lungs, which helps asthma. It helps indigestion, flatulence, constipation, stomach ulcers and other intestinal problems. This pose increases cerebral blood flow and strengthens the abdominal muscles. It also increases flexibility of the hips, shoulder blades, deltoid, trapezoid and broad back muscles. Half Tortoise is also an excellent position for stiff neck and shoulders and helps prevent back pain. It sends oxygenated blood to the brain, thereby improving memory and clearing the mind, and it regulates blood pressure and the sleep cycle.