Eka Pada Koundinyasana B

Definition - What does Eka Pada Koundinyasana B mean?

Eka pada Koundinyasana B is the second of two asanas named after the ancient Hindu sage, Koundinya. From Sanskrit, eka means "one," pada means "foot," Koundinya being the name of the sage, and asana means "pose."

There are several ways one can enter this asana. One is from downward-facing dog pose, then one leg swings forward and elbows bend into chaturanga position. The inner thigh is placed on the top of the same arm. The front leg straightens, the weight shifts forward between the hands and the back leg lifts up off the floor. The steps are then repeated on the opposite side.

Eka pada koundinyasana B is commonly referred to in English as the pose dedicated to the sage Koundinya B.

Yogapedia explains Eka Pada Koundinyasana B

Eka pada koundinyasana B is one of the most challenging arm balancing yoga poses that improves focus, balance, concentration and inner strength.

Some sources state that Koundinya was created by the goddess, Parvati, to provide wine for the gods. Other texts suggest that he was a disciple of Buddha. It is also said that in order to be able to practice this asana, one needs to have the faith of Koundinya in himself and to find the proper balance between ease and effort.

Beginners might want to support one or both legs with a chair, or practice preparatory poses first, such as placing the right inner thigh on top of the arm and trying to straighten the leg. Then they can try to make small kicks with the back leg and, finally, try to lift it up and straighten it as well.

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