The Exorcist Pose

Definition - What does The Exorcist Pose mean?

The exorcist pose is a new yoga posture, which was given its name by yoga teacher Kathryn Budig. It is a very challenging posture which requires significant hip, hamstring and shoulder mobility. It is a variation on pose dedicated to Shiva the Destroyer, which is known in Sanskrit as kala bhairavasana. The exorcist pose can be entered from compass pose by keeping the lifted leg up straight and taking the hands back to press up into a reverse tabletop position. Its name comes from the fact it is said to resemble an image from a horror film.


Yogapedia explains The Exorcist Pose

This posture once it can be successfully achieved has a range of physical benefits, including:

  • Stretches and strengthens the hamstrings

  • Opens the hips

  • Releases the shoulders

  • Strengthens the upper body

To prepare for the posture, a sequence which includes chair pose, bound triangle and reclining big toe pose can be beneficial to both engage and open the hamstrings.

The exorcist pose may also be a good posture to practice for learning to be more playful and have more of a sense of humour towards yoga practice, as well as improving patience.

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