Eka Pada Hastasana

Definition - What does Eka Pada Hastasana mean?

Eka pada hastasana is a seated asymmetrical yoga asana in which the legs are open wide and the body folds over one leg, taking the opposite hand across to the foot. It is beneficial on more than a physical level because, it is thought to be a very calming and soothing posture.

Its name comes from the Sanskrit, eka, which means "one," and pada, which means “foot,” hasta, which means “hand,” and asana, which means "posture" or "seat.” It may also be known in English as hand-to-leg forward bend sitting.

Eka Pada Hastasana

Yogapedia explains Eka Pada Hastasana

As with other variations on the wide-legged forward fold, eka pada hastasana is thought to be helpful for:

  • Reducing fatigue
  • Calming the mind
  • Easing headaches
  • Relieving symptoms of mild depression

The asymmetrical nature of eka pada hastasana may provide additional stimulation into the abdominal area, as well as for the nerves and musculature around the spine.

The posture is connected with muladhara, the root chakra. Traditionally in yoga, practicing postures associated with muladhara is thought to help the yogi to feel more grounded, safe and secure. It may promote feelings of well-being and contentedness.

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