Destroyer of the Universe Pose

Last Updated: August 29, 2018

Definition - What does Destroyer of the Universe Pose mean?

Destroyer of the universe pose is an advanced posture that has side plank pose as its base pose. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is considered to be the destroyer of the world.

From a side plank position with one hand down and the body turned to the side, the leg closest to the ground is lifted so that the ankle rests behind the head, with the hip and thigh in external rotation. The top arm lifts straight up and presses the lifted leg back further.

Destroyer of the universe pose may also be referred to by its Sanskrit name, Bhairavasana.

Destroyer of the Universe Pose

Yogapedia explains Destroyer of the Universe Pose

This is a very challenging posture that requires a significant degree of mobility in the hips and strength in the core to ensure proper balance and control. Some of the benefits of this very challenging pose include:

  • Improves balance
  • Opens the hips
  • Strengthens the core
  • Builds mental strength and focus

Destroyer of the universe pose is considered beneficial by some because it provides a challenge and gives the opportunity to explore the edges and limits of flexibility. It is generally considered unsuitable for beginners to attempt and should only be attempted once the hips are very open with the supervision of an experienced teacher due to the potential for injury. More accessible options include side plank pose and variations on side plank such as side plank pose with tree leg variation.

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