Utthan Eka Pada Sirsasana

Definition - What does Utthan Eka Pada Sirsasana mean?

Utthan eka pada sirsasana is an advanced version of eka pada sirsasana that requires a high level of flexibility to perform. Derived from Sanskrit, utthan means "stretch out," eka means "one," pada means "foot," sirsa means "head" and asana means "pose."

In this pose, the yogi begins seated with one foot behind the head. By placing the palms on the floor, the yogi lifts the body up until standing on one leg with the other leg still behind the head. The hands are held in prayer position in front of the body. After holding the pose for a few breaths, the same is repeated for the opposite leg.

Utthan eka pada sirsasana is also referred to in English as standing foot-behind-the-head pose.

Yogapedia explains Utthan Eka Pada Sirsasana

Utthan eka pada sirsasana promotes balance, energizes the whole body, strengthens the nerves, promotes circulation and improves flexibility.

The mental health benefits of this asana include:

  • Calms the mind
  • Lowers anxiety
  • Boosts concentration levels
  • Improves mindfulness

Utthan eka pada sirsasana also stimulates the anahata (heart) chakra. A balanced anahata chakra promotes love, compassion, forgiveness and Self-realization. If this chakra is unbalanced, it can cause possessiveness, emotional instability and health conditions such as heart disorders and lower immunity levels.

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