Eka Pada Koundiyanasana II – Sage Koundinya II Pose

Eka Pada Koundiyanasana II – Sage Koundinya II Pose

Introduction:

Eka Pada Koundiyanasana II is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Eka(One), Pada(Leg), Koundiya (Koundiya: The sage name), asana (posture or pose). This Asana is called by the name of the sage Koundiya, This is the reason for the name Eka Pada Koundiyanasana II.  It is called as Koundi one or Twisted one legged arm balance pose in English.

The difference between Eka Pada Koundiyanasana I and Eka Pada Koundiyanasana II is, In Eka Pada Koundiyanasana I alternate thigh on the alternate triceps. Whereas in Eka Pada Koundiyanasana II respective side of the thigh on the same side triceps. In Eka Pada Koundiyanasana I hips plays a vital role though.

Preparatory Poses for Eka Pada Koundiyanasana II are Upavistha Konasana, Supta Padangusthasana and Chaturanga Dandasana; and the Follow-up Poses are Adho Mukha Svanasana and Uttanasana.

It is one of the advanced level yoga pose. To practise this Eka Pada Koundiyanasana II, one must have the good strength in arms and shoulders to hold the whole body weight on hands.

Steps Involved:

  1. Form Downward Facing Dog Pose.
  2. Place the left foot to mid of the yoga mat.
  3. Do not rush. Slowly up the right leg in the air
  4. Bring the knee towards to touch the left triceps.
  5. Breathe should be normal.
  6. Lower the shoulders to the height of the elbows.
  7. Lift your left foot towards the roof.
  8. Extend your right leg straight as much as you can and place right thigh on the right triceps.(Please do not do forcefully)
  9. Straighten both legs and lift your left leg up as your right leg continues to rest on the right arm.
  10. Breathing should be normal
  11. Hold this position for 30 to 60 seconds
  12. Exit the pose and back to Downward Facing Dog Pose.
  13. Do all of the above steps with the opposite leg.

Benefits:

  • Reduce the fat. Especially in the abdominal area.
  • Strengthen the shoulders, wrists and arms.
  • Improves flexibility and centre of balance.
  • Increases the overall strength of the body.
  • Helps to increase the focus.
  • Stimulate the abdominal organs. Thus it increases the digestion.
  • Rejuvenate and strengthen the spine.
  • Stretches the leg muscles.
  • Opens the Hips and hamstrings.

Dos, Don’ts and Tips:

People with the following problem please avoid practising this pose, or practise under the expert’s supervisions and doctor’s advice.

  • Wrist problems
  • Lower back InjuryCarpel Tunnel syndrome
  • Lower back injury
  • hamstring tears

Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.

It’s good to do this pose in the morning with empty stomach.

Pregnant women may avoid practising this yoga, or ask for the expert’s supervision and doctor’s advice.

Practising this yoga wrongly may lead the person to wrist injury.

Beginners can use the chair seat to place the back leg.

Make sure you have chaturanga arms.

To come out from the fear of falling, one can use the blocks (especially beginners.)

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