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Hand position variant

Tulasana (Sanskrit: तुलासन; IAST: Tulāsana), Balance Pose,[1] Dolasana (Swing Pose),[2] Tolasana (Scale Pose),[3][4] or Utthita Padmasana (Raised Lotus Pose)[5] is a hand-balancing asana in hatha yoga.


The name comes from the Sanskrit words tula (तुला) meaning "balance",[6] and asana (आसन, āsana) meaning "posture" or "seat".[7]


From Padmasana (lotus position), the practitioner with the palms placed on the floor either side of the hips raises the entire torso and crossed legs using the arms and shoulders.


The asana strengthens the back, shoulders, and hips.[8]

Contraindications and cautions[edit]

The asana should not be practiced with current or recent shoulder or wrist injuries.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kumar, Brijesh. Enhance Your Sexual Potency. Diamond Pocket Books. pp. 40–. ISBN 978-81-288-0540-0.
  2. ^ Joshi, K. S. (1 March 2005). Yoga In Daily Life. Orient Paperbacks. p. 116. ISBN 978-81-222-0049-2.
  3. ^ Swenson, Doug (1 June 2001). Power Yoga for Dummies. John Wiley and Sons. p. 281. ISBN 978-0-7645-5342-4.
  4. ^ YJ Editors (28 August 2007). "Scale Pose". Yoga Journal.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Mahatyagi, Raman Das (14 November 2007). Yatan Yoga: A Natural Guide to Health and Harmony. YATAN Ayurvedics. pp. 166–167. ISBN 978-0-9803761-0-4. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  6. ^ Goel, Satish. Sex For All. Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd. p. 69. ISBN 978-81-7182-029-0. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  7. ^ Sinha, S.C. (1 June 1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  8. ^ Sachindra Kumar Majumdar (June 1968). Yoga for physical and mental fitness. Stravon Educational Press. p. 54. Retrieved 1 July 2011. This exercise strengthens the back, shoulders, and hips.
  9. ^ "How to Do Scale Pose in Yoga". iSport.com. Retrieved 2011-07-01.

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