Eka pada adho mukha svanasana is an advanced variation of one of yoga's most fundamental poses, adho mukha svanasana, more commonly known as downward-facing dog pose or, simply, down dog.
Traditionally, eka pada adho mukha
svanasana is believed to activate the muladhara (root), manipura
(wisdom) and ajna (third eye) chakras. Opening the muladhara chakra provides
stability and grounding, while activating the manipura chakra offers confidence and
self-motivation. Stimulating the ajna chakra develops inner knowledge
Practicing eka pada adho mukha
svanasana also has the following benefits:
- Calms the mind
- Improves balance and confidence
- Strengthens the shoulders and
- Opens the chest, hip flexors and
- Stretches the quadriceps,
particularly in the full expression of the pose
Beginners and those
with limited flexibility may choose to keep the raised leg lower and bend the raised knee.