Malasana is called thus because the compact seat looks like a flower in garland (Mala). Being able to squat is an indication of good health along the entire skeleto-muscular structure of the lower body – the feet, ankles, calves and shins, knees, front and back thighs, buttocks and groins. it is also greatly benefits the organic body and physiological functions – the intuitive position for passing stools, and for giving birth.
In the context of asanas, Malasana is the foundational forward extension, and understanding its various parts prepare us for the deeper forward extending actions, as well as for arm balancing positions.
Part1: Soft and Supported Preparation for Squatting
Part2: Beyond Squatting to Arm Balances and Inversions
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