Definition - What does Eka Padasana mean?
Eka padasana is a balancing asana that requires stability, focus and core strength. The name is derived from the Sanskrit, eka, meaning “one,” pada, meaning “foot,” and asana, meaning “pose.”
In this asana, the body takes the form of a capital letter “T.” The arms are raised overhead with the palms facing each other or touching. The back leg lifts off the ground; the anchored leg is straight; and the arms, torso and back leg are parallel with the ground.
Eka padasana may also be referred to as one-legged pose in English. This posture is also known by several other names, including tuladandasana (balancing stick/staff pose) and Virabhadrasana 3 (warrior 3 pose).
Yogapedia explains Eka Padasana
Traditionally, eka padasana is believed to stimulate the sahasrara (crown) chakra, thereby providing a connection to the universe and a oneness with the Divine. Activating this chakra through eka padasana brings ego-free serenity, inner peace and joy.
Eka padasana also has the following benefits:
- Cultivates inner stability
- Strengthens the legs, back, arms and shoulders
- Opens the chest and lungs
- Improves both posture and coordination
- Energizes the body
- Improves memory and concentration
- Reduces anxiety by calming the mind
- Strengthens the core muscles
- Elevates the heart rate, burning calories and increasing stamina
This asana is part of a series of standing poses in Bikram yoga (Hot yoga). In a common variation of the hand position, the fingers are interlaced, then the index fingers are extended forward as if pointing ahead. In another variation of the hand position, the palms face down and the thumbs touch.