Classic Yoga

Kati Chakrasana – Meaning, Procedure, Benefits

Introduction

Katichakrasana (often spelled Kati Chakrasana) is a standing yoga posture. It is a part of Shankha Prakshalana, the yogic process of cleansing the intestines. Moreover, it is a dynamic yoga exercise. It is entirely different from Chakrasana or Wheel Pose.

Medieval Hatha Yoga texts did not mention or describe this yoga posture. Yogi Dhirendra Brahmachari first described this yoga posture in his book Yogic Sukshma Vyayama.

Kati Chakrasana Information

Pose NameKati Chakrasana
Sanskrit Nameकटि चक्रासन
IAST Namekaṭi cakrāsana
English NameWaist Rotating Pose
Standing Spinal Twist
LevelBasic
OriginTraditional
TypeStanding Spinal Twist

Katichakrasana Meaning

The Sanskrit word Kati means waist and Chakra means wheel. Hence, we call it in English Waist Rotating Pose. However, most people call it Standing Spinal Twist. It is a dynamic yoga posture that involves the movement of the waist. So, I prefer to call it Waist Rotating Pose.

Katichakrasana Procedure

Precautions and Contraindications

People having health conditions like spinal issues and hernias should avoid this practice. Also, pregnant ladies should not perform this yoga pose. Otherwise, it is a simple basic level yoga pose suitable for beginners.

Preparatory Poses

As we have already seen, Waist Rotating Pose is a basic level yoga posture. Hence it does not require any preparatory poses. However, the following poses may help.

Kati Chakrasana Steps

Step 1

Stand with both legs two feet apart. First, keep the arms by the sides.

Step 2

Then, raise both arms to the shoulder level. While raising the arms inhale. Now, exhale and twist the body to the left. Bring the right palm to the left shoulder and extend the left-hand wrapping around the waist. Now, turn the head towards the left side and look over the left shoulder.

Step 3

Stop exhaling and retain the breath for while.

Step 4

After a while, inhale and come back to the original position. Then, repeat on the right side. This constitutes one round. Perform five to ten rounds.

Duration

Normally, performing ten rounds require nearly five minutes.

Follow Up Poses

As a part of Shankaprakshalana, you have to follow up with a specific sequence of yoga poses like Tiryaka Bhujangasana and Udarakarshanasana. If you practice this posture as a stand-alone version, you may follow up with Shavasana.

Kati Chakrasana Benefits

The regular practice of Katichakrasana provides the following benefits to the performer.

Ardha Kati Chakrasana

Though Ardha Kati Chakrasana is a different yoga posture from Katichakrasana, both are standing yoga postures. The Sanskrit term Ardha means half, Kati means waist, and Chakra means wheel.

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