Eight Angle Pose


What is Eight Angle Pose?

Eight angle pose, or astavakrasana in Sanskrit, is a challenging asymmetrical arm balance. With the weight supported on the hands, the legs extend to one side. The pose requires focus, balance and core strength.


  • Begin sitting with the legs outstretched.
  • Exhale and bend the right knee, lifting the foot. At the same time, place the right palm near the right buttock. Rest the knee over the upper right arm.
  • Place the left palm outside of the left thigh so that the hands are shoulder distance wide.
  • Lift the left foot and hook it under the right foot. Flex the feet.
  • Inhale, bend forward and lift the hips from the floor.
  • Exhale and straighten the legs. Bend the arms and balance.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Inhale and straighten the arms. Exhale and release to the floor, then change sides.


  • Avoid if you have wrist or shoulder injury

Benefits of Eight Angle Pose

  • Strengthens arms, shoulders and wrists
  • Tones abdominal muscles
  • Improves digestion
  • Aids in detoxification
  • Improves balance and focus

Eight Angle Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Astavakrasana
Pronunciation: ah-STAH-vah-KRAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Advanced
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Arm Balances, Balancing, Core, Twists

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