Sage Vamadeva contributed to Mandala Four of the "Rig Veda." From a family of sages, his father and brother were both sages, and his brother also contributed to the "Rig Veda." Sage Vamadeva is also mentioned in the Upanishads. Vamadevasana A is one of two postures honoring his legacy.
Vamadevasana A physically illustrates the idea of duality within yoga philosophy, with energy pulling the limbs in opposing directions. In order to maintain balance and centered-ness in this pose, the yogi must lift and pull the body in different directions at the same time. In addition, Vamadevasana A - with its combination of a spinal twist as well as a similar grounding effect to lotus pose - stimulates the sahasrara (crown), svadisthana (spleen/sacral) and manipura (root) chakras.