Astavakrasana

Eight Angle Pose

step by step

1 There are different ways of entering this position. We suggest the following one. Start by sitting on the ground with your legs out on the ground in front of you.
2 Lift your right leg so that it’s bent while keeping your thigh perpendicular to the ground. Pull the right leg onto the right shoulder while maintaining the back of the knee on top of the shoulder.
3 Lean the torso to the front. The hands are on the ground, with the right hand on the outside of the right leg. Shift your weight frontwards and lift the chest. Lift your left leg from the ground.
4 Lean the torso to the front. The hands are on the ground, with the right hand on the outside of the right leg. Shift your weight frontwards and lift the chest. Lift your left leg from the ground.
5 Keep the elbows alongside the body and fixe your gaze on a point (Drishti) right in front of you. Maintain the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Come out of the pose and in order to balance everything out, repeat the steps on the other side

benefits

  • Strengthens the wrists and arms.
  • Tones the abdominal muscles.

contraindictions and warnings

  • Avoid this pose in the case of elbow
  • shoulder or wrist injuries.

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