Definition - What does Chakorasana mean?

Chakorasana is an advanced arm balance that combines strength with leg and hip flexibility. The name of this pose comes from the Sanskrit words, chakora, which is a partridge-like bird that is, by legend, believed to reside on the beams of the moon and only drinks water from the Śvāti Nakṣatra; and asana, which means “posture” or “pose.”

To get into chakorasana, start in eka pada sirsasna (one foot behind the head and the other leg extended out) and then place both hands on the floor next to the hips. Press into the hands, raise the hips off of the floor, then tighten the core and bring the extended leg up until it makes a 60-75 degree angle.

Chakorasana is also known as moon bird pose in English.


Yogapedia explains Chakorasana

This pose requires the legs and hamstrings to be flexible enough to place one foot behind the head and that the arms, core and shoulders are strong enough to lift and support the entire body off of the ground. On top of that, chakorasana also tones up the muscular and circulatory systems and gives the spine a boost of rich, oxygenated blood which stimulates the central nervous system and increases energy in all of the chakras.

It also allows the chest muscles to engage and increases the fullness of the breath and oxygen in the blood. The fortified circulatory system supplies this healthy blood to the body and filters out any harmful toxins.

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