Pose dedicated to Sage Koundinya B improves concentration, focus and balance. It increases abdominal strength and hamstring flexibility.
This is a very challenging arm balance and part of the Third Series of Ashtanga yoga. It is recommended to practice less challenging arm balances, such as crow pose (bakasana), and master those before moving on to this posture.
Another common way to get into this pose is from lizard pose (utthan pristhasana). One arm threads under the corresponding leg so that the knee is just over the shoulder. Both arms bend into chaturanga position, with the upper arms parallel to the floor. Then both legs straighten. Advanced practitioners may try jumping back into chaturanga afterward.
This pose should be avoided by practitioners with wrist, shoulder or lower back injuries. Beginners may use a chair to support one or both legs.