Traditionally, bhujapidasana is believed to activate the third, or manipura, chakra. This chakra is the body's energy and vitality center, including internal strength, confidence and courage. Activating the manipura chakra through bhujapidasana is thought to dispel fear and insecurity.
Bhujapidasana forms part of the primary series of Ashtanga yoga and is one of the first arm-balancing postures practiced in the series. The pose is an arm-supported posture where the the palms of the hands form the base.
Because this pose is so challenging, preparatory poses are essential. Such poses include:
- Halasana (plow pose)
- Virasana (hero pose)
- Setu bandha sarvangasana (bridge pose)
- Eka hasta bhujasana (elephant's trunk pose)