Standing Foot-Behind-the-Head Pose

Definition - What does Standing Foot-Behind-the-Head Pose mean?

Standing foot-behind-the-head pose is one of the more challenging yoga postures.

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

Standing foot-behind-the-head pose may also be referred to as utthan eka pada sirsasana in Sanskrit.

Yogapedia explains Standing Foot-Behind-the-Head Pose

Standing foot-behind-the-head pose should be attempted only after the yogi is comfortable with seated foot-behind-the-head pose.

The physical benefits of standing foot-behind-the-head pose include:

  • Energizes the whole body
  • Improves balance
  • Strengthens the thighs, legs, groin and hips
  • Promotes flexibility
  • Tones internal organs
  • Strengthens the nerves
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves digestion
  • Aids in detoxification

The mental health benefits of this asana include:

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

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