Eka Pada Koundinyasana A
Definition - What does Eka Pada Koundinyasana A mean?
Eka pada Koundinyasana A is the first 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."
This is a twist posture that sees the yogi balance their body in the air with the support of their arms on the ground. It is a fairly advanced asana that requires a mixture of strength, balance and inner confidence to perform correctly.
Eka pada Koundinyasana A may also be referred to in English as the pose dedicated to the sage Koundinya A.
Yogapedia explains Eka Pada Koundinyasana A
This is an ideal asana for someone who wants to open their mind to new physical and spiritual experiences while performing yoga. The difficulty in getting into this position and then maintaining it challenges the practitioner to overcome their fears and perceived weaknesses.
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.
Eka pada Koundinyasana A should be entered from a bending position by putting the left knee on the floor and then turning the left foot toward the right. The right foot then goes over the left leg and is placed on the ground next to the left knee. Both knees are then straightened at the same time. With the right knee pointing upward, the torso is twisted to the right and the upper left arm goes across the right thigh, making solid contact to allow the position to be maintained.