Pose dedicated to Sage Koundinya A improves stability, focus and balance. It stimulates the abdominal organs by massaging them with the pressure of the legs. Its other physical benefits include:
- Improves digestion and metabolism
- Strengthens the spine, arms and wrists
- Increases core strength
- Regenerates and rejuvenates the spine
It requires a great focus, effort and commitment to get into this pose, but once it is mastered, it provides a very strong sense of freedom. It is recommended to first master crane pose and side crane pose (bakasana and parsva bakasana) before practicing this one.
This pose can also be entered from a tripod headstand. From the headstand, the right knee is brought upon the left shoulder, then the body twists while the right leg extends to the left and the left leg extends backward.
Beginners can support their balance by placing a bolster below the side leg, or support their back leg on a chair seat.