Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya • Eka Pada Koundinyansana

  • Simon Park
Step-By-Step:

STEP 1 - Begin in a seated twist on the right side. Your right knee will be in towards the chest and the torso is turning to the right. Extend your left hand up toward the sky and lengthen through the left side. Draw your left elbow to the outside of your right knee. Move into the twist deeply to prepare for the arm balance.

STEP 2 - Square the upper body toward the right side of the mat. Place both hands down on to the mat about shoulder width apart with the fingers spread wide. Bring your left elbow to the outside of the right leg and hug the right elbow into the right side of the body. Start to lean over the shoulders and support your body weight with your bended arms.

STEP 3 - Push into the feet to lift the hips up. Maintain contact with the left elbow and the outer right leg. You can keep the right hip on your right elbow for extra support or keep the right hip lifted. Keep your shoulder blades down the back and expand your collar bones to prevent rounding forward in your shoulders. As you lean forward, bring your gaze out in front of you a couple of inches and continue to press down through the hands to keep your shoulders lifted. Begin to extend your legs. The left leg or top leg will extend behind you, and the right leg or bottom leg will extend out the left side.

Target Area:

Strengthens core, shoulders and back.

Therapeutic Focus:

Stimulates abdominal organs.

Props & Modifications:

Place a blanket underneath face for safety.

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