How to Do the Eight-Angle Pose (Astavakrasana)

Although this pose is difficult, it will develop the arms and the abs.

eight eagle pose

POSE INFORMATION

GENERAL INFO

Name in Sanskrit: Astavakrasana

Difficulty: Easy

POSE BENEFITS

  • It makes the wrists  and arms stronger.
  • It tones the muscles of the abdomen.

POSE CAUTIONS

This pose is not meant for anyone who has wrist, shoulder or elbow problems.

How to do the eight angle suppose

HOW TO PRACTICE THIS ASANA

ONE

First, do the Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Your feet should be apart.

Breathe out and switch to the Uttanasana, which is also called Standing Forward Bend.

Place your hands on the floor outside of your feet; press them hard on the floor. Then, bend your knees a little and put your right arm under and at the back of your leg.

Continue to press the hand on the floor outward of your foot. Move your right arm over the back of your right knee.

Continue till your knee is up to the back of the right shoulder.

TWO

Support your shoulders with your knees by placing the shoulder in contact with the knee.

Move your left foot to the right swiftly. Bend the left ankle over the right in such a way that they intersect.

Tilt to the left so that the left arm holds more weight. Now start lifting your feet from the floor.

THREE

Your right leg is now braced against the shoulder. Now, breathe out and fold the elbows.

Bend your body forward and move it to the floor until they are parallel to each other.

As you are doing this, make your knees straight and push your legs rightwards and perpendicular to the torso.

FOUR

Stay in this position for 30 minutes before you stretch your arms straight.

Carry your torso to the right and fold your knees and free the ankles.

Then place your back on the floor.

Return to the Uttanasana and take a short rest by breathing out.

Do the pose all over again and this time, do it to the left.

How to Do the Eight-Angle Pose (Astavakrasana)

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS

BEGINNERS TIP

You should support the bottom of the hip and the outside of the leg over a bolster, if you have difficulty with stability.

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