Knee-to-Ear Pose

Definition - What does Knee-to-Ear Pose mean?

Knee-to-ear pose, also sometimes called ear pressure pose, is an inversion posture that improves flexibility, especially of the spinal column, and balance. To enter this pose, begin by lying on the back. The legs are raised overhead and then behind the head, similar to plow pose, except that in the latter pose, the legs remain straight. In knee-to-ear pose, the knees are bent and touch the ears.

Knee-to-ear pose is also known by its Sanskrit name, karnapidasana.

Yogapedia explains Knee-to-Ear Pose

Some of the benefits of this powerful pose include:

  • Reduction of fatigue and stress
  • Calming of the mind
  • Improved flexibility of the back, shoulders, hip and gluteal muscles
  • Toning of the thighs and buttocks
  • Stimulation of the thyroid gland and abdominal organs
  • Back pain prevention
  • Relief from insomnia, headaches, sinusitis and possibly infertility

Anyone with a neck injury, high blood pressure or asthma should avoid this pose. Beginners, or those with limited flexibility, might feel more comfortable resting their knees or feet on booster blocks.

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