Makarasana is a reclined yoga asana that relaxes the body, stimulates the sacral chakra, and can even be used for meditation or pranayama. The name comes from the Sanskrit makar, meaning “crocodile,” and asana, meaning “pose.”
To perform this asana, the yogi lies face down with the hands folded under the head. The palms can be placed under the chin, on the shoulders, or flat on the ground. The legs stretch out as far as possible, with the toes pointing forward. The whole body should stay relaxed.
Makarasana may also be referred to as crocodile pose in English.