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Eight Angle pose- Astavakrasana

Eight Angle pose- Astavakrasana


Astavakrasana or eight angle pose is one of the poses in Hatha yoga. Asta means “Eight” in Sanskrit and “vakra”  means curved or bent. This asana helps in developing stability and equilibrium of your body. This asana may seem difficult for beginners but can be mastered after few weeks of practice.

Eight Angle pose

Procedure


  • Start the asana by taking cross legged position.

  • Make sure to have your right knee bent and your right foot’s sole should be near your right buttock.

  • Thread your right arm below your right knee. Raise your right foot sole off the ground and have your shin parallel to the ground.

  • Raise your right knee as high as possible on your right arm. The knee can be brought over the right shoulder if you want.


  • Eight Angle pose

  • Straighten your left leg and fix both your palms on the ground.

  • Raise your body from the ground with the help of your palms.

  • Bend the leg as soon as your left leg is raised and hook the left ankle around the right one.

  • Bring your torso forward in such a way that it becomes parallel to the ground.

  • Bring both your legs to the right side of your body.

  • Straighten both your legs.

  • Remain in this pose for 30-60 seconds and keep your breathing even .

  • Bring your body down and repeat the asana on the other side.


  • Eight Angle pose

    Eight Angle pose  Benefits


  • Tones the spine and increase the supply of blood in spinal nerves.

  • Eliminates toxins and maintains the digestive system.

  • Strengthens arms and wrists.

  • Tones your lower abdomen.


  • Precautions

  • Refrain if suffer from shoulder, elbow or wrist injuries.

  • Do the asana in the presence of instructor if you are a beginner.

  • People suffering from arthritis should not do this asana.


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