Destroyer of the Universe Pose

Definition - What does Destroyer of the Universe Pose mean?

Destroyer of the universe pose is an advanced arm balance that requires a great deal of flexibility, balance and strength to perform.

In this pose, the yogi takes a seated position with the right foot behind the head and the left leg extended into a side plank. The body turns to the right to balance on the right palm with the right arm pressing into the inner thigh. The left arm extends straight up.

Destroyer of the universe pose is also known by its Sanskrit name, bhairavasana. It can also be called kala bhairavasana in some texts on Ashtanga yoga.

Yogapedia explains Destroyer of the Universe Pose

Destroyer of the universe pose is a powerful opener for the hips and hamstrings and challenge for the body's strength and balance. Additional benefits of destroyer of the universe pose include strengthening the upper body and core.

This posture should only be attempted by advanced practitioners of yoga because of the levels of flexibility and athleticism required. In Ashtanga yoga, this posture is not introduced until the third series.

In another variation of destroyer of the universe pose, the leg remains behind the head, but the body reclines backward rather than assuming a side plank position. This still provides an extremely strong hip and hamstring stretch.

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