Monday, June 7, 2010

Eka Pada Sarvangasana

One Leg Shoulder Stand  Pose

Last few weeks I have been going on and on with different changes with the basic shoulder stand. I do understand that some of them are little hard to do and yes they are for those who are well into doing yoga daily. So for those who are very new today I present yet another variation of Halasana and Salamba Sarvasana which might be easy for all beginners.

Eka Pada Sarvangasana

The word “Eka” means one while “Pada” means leg while we know  what “Sarvangasana” means in Sanskrit . Thus today we say a pose known as “Eka Pada Sarvangasana” or One leg Shoulder Stand. This is pose which is suitable for those who are trying to make either the Shoulder Stand or Plough stand perfect. Although I have written this pose after those two poses still I think so it would be good pose to do just after shoulder pose and before the plough pose. Let us have a look...

How to do One Leg Shoulder Pose ?

1] Let us all come to a point where we are in Salamba Sarvangasana  or Shoulder Pose. Hold the pose to start with this pose.
2] As you inhale in and exhale out slowly bring down the right leg as we do in Halasana, while keeping the left leg in the shoulder stand pose.
3] The right leg should be stiff and straight with no bends in the knee joint.
4] Same rule applies to the left leg which is standing straight no bends in the knee joint.
5] Stay in the pose for some time and then try to perform the same pose for the other side which means left leg down and right leg up.


1] Similar to both Salamba Sarvanagasana and Halasana as we have seen them before.
2] Now for those who could reach the floor , one can just bring the legs as closer to the floor as possible with out bending the knee joints.
3] Again try not to bend the knee joint to either support or reach the final position.


1] It is said that this pose is really tones the abdomen especially the kidneys.
2] Tones the leg muscles.

This pose is great for Throat Chakra.

Posted by Sudeep

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