Eka Hasta Bhujasana

Definition - What does Eka Hasta Bhujasana mean?

Eka hasta bhujasana is a challenging arm-balancing pose. Derived from Sanskrit, eka means "one," hasta means "hand," bhuja means "arm" and asana means "pose."

To enter the pose, sit down with the legs stretched straight as one would in dandasana. Place the right foot on the floor by the left knee so that the right shin is parallel to the ground. Hold the right foot off of the floor with the left hand and place the inside of the right knee on the right hand closer to the shoulder. Place both hands on the floor. Balancing with both hands, lift the body off of the floor. Remain in the pose for 20 seconds. Repeat the same sequence on the opposite side.

Eka hasta bhujasana is called elephant trunk pose in English.

Yogapedia explains Eka Hasta Bhujasana

Eka hasta bhujasana can be initially attempted using yoga blocks, which are placed on either side of the hips so that the hands can be placed on the block to help lift the body off the floor.

The pose strengthens the arms, stretches the hips, promotes core strength, increases flexibility and improves balance.

Eka hasta bhujasana also promotes inner strength and energizes the body and mind. It stimulates the manipura chakra, which is the center of energy, and is associated with vitality, power and self-esteem.

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