Eka pada bakasana is a challenging pose that requires considerable upper body and core strength, balance and focus. It's reccomeneded to master bakasana before attempting eka pada bakasana. Traditionally, one-legged crane is believed to open several chakras, most notably, the muladhara (root) chakra. As such, the pose creates a sense of grounding, security and stability.
Additional benefits include:
- Encourages introspection and mindfulness
- Boosts self-confidence
- Stabilizes the nervous system
- Builds balance and coordination
- Strengthens the arms, wrists, back and abdominals
- Opens the hips and groin
A bolster or yoga block can be used under the feet for a modified version of this pose.