In Sanskrit, Kukkuta means "cock" or "fowl." With legs in padmasana and the hands pushed down through the space between the thigh and calf, this posture strengthens the wrists and the abdomen. It requires a good sense of balance and concentration to sustain this pose but the benefits are invaluable. It improves digestion function and stimulates the heart and lungs. Tolasana is a similar pose that offers the same benefits. Instead of padmasana position for your legs, simply come into sukkasana and position hands along side the hips while lifting the lower portion of your body off the earth.