Sage Visvamitra's Pose

Definition - What does Sage Visvamitra's Pose mean?

Sage Visvamitra's pose is a challenging arm balance that demands great flexibility to master.

To enter the pose, begin in downward-facing dog. Bring the right foot up to the inner side of the right hand. Now bring the right hand under the right leg and place it on the floor a few inches behind the leg. Adjust both hands so that the inner side of the right knee is on the upper right hand. Slowly lift the right leg off the floor. Grasp the right foot with the left hand and lengthen the right leg, stretching it forward. Twist the torso to bring the left hand up while still holding the right foot.

The Sanskrit name for this asana is Visvamitrasana.

Yogapedia explains Sage Visvamitra's Pose

Named after Visvamitra, who was a king-turned-sage, this pose offers many health benefits, including:

  • Promotes flexibility
  • Stretches and strengthens the spine
  • Strengthens the arms and legs
  • Strengthens the core and abdomen
  • Increases balance
  • Develops body awareness

Easier variations of Sage Visvamitra's pose include supta Visvamitrasana, Visvamitrasana II, eka pada Koundinyasana I and II as well ardha Visvamitrasana.

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