Eka Pada Vasisthasana

Definition - What does Eka Pada Vasisthasana mean?

Eka pada vasisthasana is an advanced balancing pose that also requires flexibility and upper-body strength. From Sanskrit, eka means “one”; pada, means “foot”; vasistha, means “wealthy”; and asana, means “pose.”

The pose begins in a high (straight-arm) plank pose, then one arm is extended to the sky as the body rotates until the front of the body faces forward. This posture is vasisthasana. To enter eka pada vasisthasana, the upper leg extends upward, creating a split, and the upper hand grasps the big toe. The drishti is straight ahead or toward the upraised foot.

In English, eka pada vasisthasana is known as one-legged side plank pose.

Eka Pada Vasisthasana

Yogapedia explains Eka Pada Vasisthasana

In addition to its physical benefits, eka pada vasisthasana improves mental focus, concentration and balance. It is also believed to open the yogi up to decisiveness, confidence, self-esteem and motivation.

As a chest-opener, eka pada vasisthasana balances the anahata (heart) chakra; and as a split, it opens the manipura (solar plexus) chakra. The anahata is associated with love, emotional and spiritual balance, serenity, acceptance and forgiveness. The manipura is associated with the power to transform emotionally and spiritually.

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