Yogis are posting videos of themselves contorting their stomachs into weird shapes that closely resemble an alien.
But the trend, dubbed alien yoga, is actually known as Nauli, and it’s been around for a long, long time.
The traditional yoga move is supposed to “cleanse” the digestive system and strengthen the core through a series of abdominal movements.
According to Nauli.org, the move is challenging but can be easily mastered by anyone, regardless of age or experience level. However, the website recommends learning from a skilled yoga teacher, as it can cause discomfort if done improperly.
Here are some benefits of this extraterrestrial move:
- Cleanses the internal organs
- Tone the abdominal region via a side-to-side rolling motion of the abdominal muscles
- Improve digestion
- Correct hormonal imbalances
- Improve willpower
- Produce happiness and emotional stability
How To Do It!
To achieve the four moves of Nauli, you have to first master “”Uddiyana bandha,” which is where you empty your lungs and pull your abdomen under your rib cage. Next, you perform Madhyana Nauli, Vama Nauli and Daksina Nauli— which isolate and contract the central, left and right side of the abdominal muscles.