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
- Pose Level
- Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
- Pose Type
- Arm Balances, Balancing, Core, Twists