Eka Hasta Vrksasana

Definition - What does Eka Hasta Vrksasana mean?

Eka hasta vrksasana is an advanced inversion that requires precise balance. The term comes from the Sanskrit, eka, meaning “one”; hasta, meaning “hand”; vrksa, meaning “tree”; and asana, which translates as “posture” or “pose.”

Essentially a one-handed handstand, eka hasta vrksasana is an upsidedown variation of vrksasana, with the legs apart similarly to how the arms are apart in the right-side-up version of tree pose.

In English, eka hasta vrksasana is known as one-handed tree pose.

Eka Hasta Vrksasana

Yogapedia explains Eka Hasta Vrksasana

Eka hasta vrksasana is included in the most advanced of the Ashtanga yoga vinyasa series, the fifth and sixth, or advanced C and advanced D series. It is practiced with the non-balancing arm extended and the legs either extended to the sky or spread apart. The drishti is focused on the nose.

In addition to balance, this asana requires strength in the arms, wrists, shoulders and to stabilize the pose. It should only be attempted after mastering adho mukha vrksasana (downward-facing tree pose, or handstand). Finally, as an inversion, eka hasta vrksasana has a range of other benefits including:

  • Increases energy
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Boosts confidence
  • Provides a different perspective
  • Teaches patience
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