Eka Pada Hastasana

Definition - What does Eka Pada Hastasana mean?

Eka pada hastasana is a seated forward bend, which is an asymmetrical variation on upavistha konasana. Derived from Sanskrit, eka means “one,” pada means “foot,” hasta means “hand” and asana means “pose."

In this asana, the legs are wide with the body folded straight over the right leg and the left hand taking hold of the right toe. The right arm wraps around the back of the waist. The pose is then repeated on the opposite side.

Eka pada hastasana may be commonly referred to in English as hand-to-foot forward bend.

Yogapedia explains Eka Pada Hastasana

As well as increasing flexibility in the legs, it stimulates blood supply and circulation to the lower body, abdominal area, spine and brain. Like all forward bends, it is naturally calming and soothing in nature, promoting introspection. It can help to teach surrender and acceptance of the present moment.

Traditionally, eka pada hastasana, like upavistha konasana and other postures that stretch the hips and pelvis, is associated with the svadisthana (splee/sacral) chakra. Working with this chakra is said to help increase feelings of freedom and creativity. It can help the yogi to feel more flexible, open and able to experience pleasure, particularly when combined with other postures that target this chakra.

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