Karnapidasana – Ear Pressure Pose, Knee to Ear Pose

Karnapidasana – Ear Pressure Pose, Knee to Ear Pose


Karnapidasana it is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Karna(ears),pida (pain or pressure) andasana (posture or pose). It is called as Ear Pressure Pose or Knee to Ear Pose in English. Karnapidasana is the more advanced version of halasana. That’s wht it is called as Raja Halasana (King Plow Pose)

Preparatory Pose for Karnapidasana are child pose, Adho mukho Asana, hare pose, Forward folds and shoulder stand; and the Follow–up poses are Fish pose (Matsyasana), Firefly pose (Titibasana), Eight-Crooks pose (Astavakrasana) and  Four-Limbed staff Pose (Chaturanga Dandasana).

It helps to solve all the problems related to ear. To practise this pose, one should need the flexibility and balance together. Karnapidasana is the advance level of Sarvangasana and halasana

Steps Involved:

  1. Start with Forming the Halasana.
  2. Slowly bend your knees and bring them towards the ears.
  3. At the same time keep the hands interlaced behind your back.
  4. Alternatively you can holdboth hands.
  5. And another form is you can hold your hands by wrapping your thighs.
  6. Hold this position for few seconds (20 seconds to 60 seconds).
  7. Breathe should be Deep when practising this pose.
  8. Exit the pose slowly.
  9. Repeat all the above steps three to five times.


  • It is an Energizer and it helps to Calm the brain
  • Stretches and strengthens the whole spinal column
  • It improves the lung strength. thus it is helpful for  asthma sufferers
  • Stimulates the thyroid gland and abdominal organs
  • Stretches the shoulders and spine
  • Controls depression, pressure, hypertension and fatigue
  • Helps to reduce the menopause
  • Helps to reduce the sinusitis, infertility, headache, and backache
  • Increases the digestion.
  • Strengthens and Stretches : Vertebral column, Back, shoulders and the whole spinal column
  • Tones the hips and buttocks

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.

  • Diarrhea
  • Menstruation
  • Neck injury
  • Blocked arteries
  • High blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • Beginner level pregnant women

Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.

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

If you are an advanced level student and you are pregnant, you can continue to practice it late into pregnancy. But beginner level students should avoid practising this pose.