Supta Kurmasana – Sleeping Tortoise Pose, Right Method, Benefits


By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S

Supta kurmasana, in this pose the practitioner assumes the pose of a tortoise in sleeping position and hence the name.
Supta = sleeping / reclining
Kurma = turtle / tortoise
Asana = pose

It is called as –

  • Sleeping tortoise pose
  • Reclining tortoise pose
  • Reclining turtle pose

It is one of the deepest poses of Ashtanga Yoga primary series. It is a challenging pose at the beginning but you can master it with practice.

According to Yoga Mala, an Ashtanga Yoga guide, this pose purifies the place of exit of spinal cord, the point known as kanda from where the 72,000 nadis i.e. the energy channels related to our nervous system originate.

It also is known to effectively purify your heart and lungs and eliminate the kapha disorders therein.

It is an advanced level seated forward bend which involves stretching and inversion and is also an effective hip…

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