During the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us shifted our work inside our homes, taking a toll on our work-life balance. Some of us skipped our daily workout routine because of our busy work schedules. While a few of us have returned to our before-pandemic drill, several people are still working from home. If you are one of them and require a beginner-level yoga asana that can help you open up your body and strengthen the core, wrists, shoulders and more, we have a solution for you. Alia Bhatt’s yoga trainer, Anshuka Parwani, took to Instagram today to drop pictures of herself doing a beginner-friendly asana called the Ardha Purvottanasana or Reverse Table Top pose. And it will help you achieve several health benefits. Keep scrolling to know all the details.

Anshuka Parwani, known for training celebrities like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Rakul Preet Singh, Ananya Panday and Deepika Padukone, shared two pictures of herself attempting the Reverse Table Top pose or Ardha Purvottanasana. The yoga trainer posted the photos with a caption explaining the benefits of the asana and safety tips to follow while practising it. (Also Read: Kareena Kapoor’s yoga coach shares 5 asanas to relieve backache, fix posture, strengthen back muscles: Watch video)

Anshuka wrote, “Asana of the week. Ardha Purvottanasana, also known as the reverse tabletop pose. Safety tip: If you have a history of hypertension, recovering from a surgery or suffer from any injuries to the wrists, shoulders, and back, then you should refrain from practising this asana unsupervised.”

Ardha Purvottanasana or Reverse Table Top pose Benefits:

According to Anshuka, Ardha Purvottanasana or Reverse Table Top pose is a beginner-friendly yoga asana that “helps to strengthen the shoulder, core and spine muscles. This asana strengthens the arms, wrists, and legs, while stretching your shoulders, chest, and ankles. It also helps to improve balance and posture and has a very calm and cooling effect on the mind.”

How to do Ardha Purvottanasana or Reverse Table Top pose?

To enter the Ardha Purvottanasana, sit on a yoga mat with legs extended in Dandasana or Staff Pose. Bend the knees and bring the feet toward the sit bones. Pressing the palms down into the mat begin lifting the hips toward the sky until the thighs are parallel with the floor. Keep the knees at a 90-degree angle to the thighs and gaze at the sky. Hold the pose for a few seconds or as your trainer directs.