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Yoga in Varanasi

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Kurmasana (Turtle Position in Sanskrit)

Representing the turtle, this asana increases the flexibility of the legs, back and arms. This asana is dedicated to Kurma the tortoise incarnation of Vishnu.

The difficulty resides in closing the hands together. Although many yogis practice this exercise, few can close their hands completely.

Swami Shiva Nand Jee, Varanasi, India

Photo by Yumi Soule, Text by JP Soule with Swami Shiva 2002