The practitioner sits on the heels with the calves beneath the thighs. There is a four finger gap between the kneecaps, and the first toe of both the feet touch each other and sit erect.
This asana may help in digestive issues like constipation.[unreliable medical source?][non-primary source needed] It also strengthens the muscles of the legs[non-primary source needed] and back.[non-primary source needed]
Contraindications and cautions
It has also been linked to damage to the common fibular nerve resulting in foot drop, where dorsiflexion of the foot is compromised and the foot drags (the toe points) during walking; and in sensory loss to the surface of the foot and portions of the anterior, lower-lateral leg. In this context it has been called "yoga foot drop".
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