Ashtavakrasana Variation

How to practice:

  • Stand with feet shoulder-distance apart
  • Bend knees, place left hand between feet and right hand beside right foot
  • Palm should rest firmly on floor
  • Lift left leg and place left thigh on left upper arm above elbow
  • Bring the right foot forward closer to the left foot
  • Place right foot on left ankle and interlock and lift both the legs up from floor
  • Stretch both the legs to left side
  • Make sure left arm is between the thighs
  • Left elbow should be slightly bend below thigh for better balance, right hand being straight
  • Strike balance on arms
  • Hold this position for as long as you are comfortable and breathe rhythmically
  • Straighten arms and torso and slowly come out of final position
  • Return to step one and repeat with right leg

Benefits:

  • This posture boosts the flow of energy across the body
  • Strengthens arms, back and stomach muscles
  • Gives power to elbows and shoulders
  • Strengthens the wrists
  • Massages the internal abdominal organs
  • Enhances concentration, inner focus and sense of balance
  • Regular practice of this asana brings endurance, lightness and feeling of euphoria
  • Improves digestion
  • Strengthens thighs
  • It tightens and tones the area of the belly
  • Improves core strength
  • Develops the nervous control throughout body and mind
  • Stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles
  • Regular practice of this asana brings patience and control over senses

Caution– To be performed under Master’s guidance. Practitioners with shoulder or wrist injury must proceed very gently.