Baby Grasshopper Pose

Parsva bhuja dandasana

What is Baby Grasshopper Pose?

Baby grasshopper pose is a modified version of full grasshopper or dragonfly pose (parsva bhuja dandasana in Sanskrit). Here, one foot remains on the floor for stability and one leg reaches to the side while the yogi builds strength and confidence to enter the full pose. This arm balance is great for beginner to intermediate practitioners.


  • Sit in staff pose.
  • Place the left hand on the floor behind the left hip.
  • Bend the right leg and place the foot outside of the left thigh. Point the toes to the left.
  • Reach the right arm in front of the right leg and grab hold of the left foot.
  • Shift the bodyweight into the left hand and right foot. Inhale and lift the hips and left leg up, shifting forward.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Exhale and lower. Change sides.


  • Avoid this pose if there is shoulder or hip injury.

Benefits of Baby Grasshopper Pose

  • Opens the hips.
  • Builds core strength.
  • Strengthens the legs, arms, and shoulders.
  • Increases self confidence.
  • Improves sense of balance.

Baby Grasshopper Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Parsva bhuja dandasana
Pronunciation: PARSH-vah bhoo-jah dahn-DAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Intermediate
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Arm Balances, Balancing, Core, Hip Openers, Strength

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