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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 modern yoga as exercise.

Etymology and origins[edit]

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

The pose is not described in the medieval hatha yoga texts. It appears in the 20th century in Swami Yogesvarananda's 1970 First Steps to Higher Yoga (spelt Tulasana),[8] and in B. K. S. Iyengar's 1966 Light on Yoga (spelt Tolasana).[9]


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.[10]

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.
  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. 69. ISBN 978-81-7182-029-0.
  7. ^ Sinha, S. C. (1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9.
  8. ^ Sjoman, Norman E. (1999) [1996]. The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace. Abhinav Publications. p. 96. ISBN 81-7017-389-2.
  9. ^ Iyengar, B. K. S. (1979) [1966]. Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika. Thorsons. p. 134. ISBN 978-1855381667.
  10. ^ 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.

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