This variation is very much the same as variation 1.
Instead of holding the arms behind the back, the fists are placed in front of the soft portion of the abdomen just below the navel. The knuckles point towards and touch each other.
One now bends forward and performs the same technique described for variation 1.
Note: This alternative method intensifies the massage imparted to the abdominal organs in the final pose. It is particularly recommended for relieving abdominal ailments such as constipation and flatulence. Apart from this particular characteristic this variation gives all the benefits of the basic shashankasana.
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