Uttana Padasana (Extended Leg Pose) registers as 9* on BKS Iyengar’s scale of difficulty.
This yoga pose helps tone abdominal muscles, and strengthen back muscles. Furthermore, the extension and gentle bend in the neck stimulates the thyroid and helps regulate it’s activity.
If resting on only the crown of your head and your buttocks proves too challenging in this asana, tryÂ Paripurna Navasana instead. Navasana will still draw upon your core strength to help you tone your abs, but will not create strain on your neck.