Upward Ankle Twist Pose

Last Updated: May 12, 2018

Definition - What does Upward Ankle Twist Pose mean?

Upward ankle twist pose is a challenging, seated asana that tests the practitioner's flexibility and offers a number of benefits for the body.

To enter this pose, the practitioner sits on the floor with the legs stretched out and apart. The legs are then folded in so the feet come toward the perineum. The feet are held while the ankles twist so that the soles of the feet face the torso, then the feet rest on the navel.

Upward ankle twist pose is called kandasana in Sanskrit.

Upward Ankle Twist Pose

Yogapedia explains Upward Ankle Twist Pose

Upward ankle twist pose is an advanced yoga pose. As such, beginners must improve their flexibility level before attempting it.

The benefits of upward ankle twist pose include:

  • Cures sexual disorders, including impotency
  • Makes the joints of the legs flexible and relieves joint pain
  • Removes stiffness of the hips
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