Pose Dedicated to Sage Koundinya A

Definition - What does Pose Dedicated to Sage Koundinya A mean?

Pose dedicated to Sage Koundinya A is an arm-balancing and twisting yoga pose. It strengthens the core, arms and wrists, and tones the abdomen.

To perform this pose, the practitioner squats and turns the upper body to the left so the hands can be placed on the floor on the outside of the left thigh. The elbows bend so that the upper arms are parallel to the ground. The left thigh rests on the right upper arm, and the right thigh stacks over it. The heels lift off the ground as in side crane pose (parsva bakasana). Then both legs are straightened, with the left leg going forward and the right leg going backward. This should be repeated on the opposite side.

Pose dedicated to Sage Koundinya A is also known as eka pada Koundinyasana A in Sanskrit.

Yogapedia explains Pose Dedicated to Sage Koundinya A

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.

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