Eka Hasta Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Eka Hasta Adho Mukha Vrksasana Mean?

Eka hasta adho mukha vrksasana is an advanced variation of the regular two-handed handstand. From Sanskrit, eka means “one”; hasta means “hand”; adho means “down”; mukha means “face”; and vrksasana means “tree pose.”

Eka hasta adho mukha vrksasana is entered from handstand as the yogi shifts the midline of balance over one arm and raises the other arm off the floor, holding it by the side of the body.

Eka hasta adho mukha vrksasana is also known in English as one-handed handstand.

Eka Hasta Adho Mukha Vrksasana


Yogapedia Explains Eka Hasta Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Eka hasta adho mukha vrksasana is considered an advanced pose because it is both a balancing pose and an inversion that requires steadiness of mind and breath as well as full body strength and control. This pose requires that the yogi have a well-developed practice as the asana requires balance, steadiness of mind and core, and overall strength.

As a variation of adho mukha vrksasana (handstand), this pose offers a range of benefits:

  • Calms the mind
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Improves emotional balance and stability
  • Supports mental strength
  • Relieves fear
  • Promotes energy flow to the head
  • Improves clarity of thought

Adho mukha vrksasana and its variations activate the sahasrara (crown) chakra, located on top of the head. Energizing the sahasrara promotes awareness. It is considered the seat of enlightenment and can make one spiritually connected with the Universe.

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