Astavakrasana- Eight Angle Pose

Astavakrasana- Eight Angle Pose

Astavakrasana is a Sanskrit word. Asta means Eight. Vakra means bent or curved.

So it is also called as Eight angle pose. It is all about Strength and the balance.

It is kind of difficult to perform this pose at the beginning. But with proper practice, it will be more easy and effective.

A step by step guide-

  1. Sit straight.
  2. Should begin from cross-legged position.
  3. Make yourself comfortable.
  4. Your right knee should be bent and bring your right foot’s sole near the right buttock.
  5. Place your right arm below your right knee.
  6. Raise the right foot’s sole from the ground.
  7. Try to make your skin parallel to the ground.
  8. Try to bring your right knee to rise up as high as possible on your right arm.
  9. Even you can bring the knee over the right shoulder.
  10. Place your both palms on the ground while left leg is straightened.
  11. Supporting by the palms, raise your whole body from the ground.
  12. When your left leg is raised, bend the leg and let the left ankle hook around the right leg.
  13. Bring your trunk of your body forward.
  14. Make your body parallel to the ground.
  15. Now, bring your legs to come to the right side of your body.
  16. Make both of your legs straight.
  17. Maintain this posture for about half minute or more.
  18. Make your body and mind comfortable.

Benefits of doing this asana:

  • Improves the balance sense.
  • Tones the muscles and abdominals.
  • Strengthens the wrists, arms and shoulders.
  • Tones the thigh.
  • Strengthen the upper back
  • Proper blood circulation.

Precaution and advice:

  • Please avoid this pose if you have any injuries in your wrist, elbow, or shoulder.
  • You need a professional guidance under an experienced and certified yoga instructor. If not, you may hurt yourself by performing incorrectly.
  • Avoid straining to get the poses.
  • If you have any difficulty in performing this pose, you should practice some other easy poses for flexibility and start to perform this.
  • It is always better to practice with the expert’s guidance.
  • Do regularly for more benefits.