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Asana 101 - How to Astavakrasana (Eight Angle Pose)?

Updated: Mar 31, 2020

What is Astavakrasana?

Astavakrasana in sanskrit translate is "Asta" means "Eight" and "Vakra" means "bent" together means "Eight angle pose".

Astavakrasana is an arm balancing posture, in this posture it says eight angles, so where is the eight angle? it is included wrists, elbows, hips and ankles.

There is a little history in this posture, Astavakra is a great Guru, who had a crippled body look like bent in eight places. This was because of a cursed by his father. One day Astavakra was invited to debate with his father organized by King Janaka. Astavakra gave King Janaka enlightenment with his spiritual.

To achieve this posture shouldn't just look from outside, we should do it within our soul and without ego.

How to warm up for Astavakrasana?

Let's talk about to do left side, when you try right side you can switch to do another side/leg

1. Hug your knee and bring your shin closer and in front of your chest.

2. Bring your foot closer to your ear, turn your head toward the opposite side, get your knee closer to your armpit.

3. After foot to ear, keep holding your left foot and bring your left tricep in front of your hamstring, fingertips on the left side of the ground, right hand grabs pinky toe side edge of the foot, then straighten left leg with hip internal rotation, heels pointed to left side, turn your head toward right side.

4. Release your left foot, place palm on the ground just next to your right knee, following brings your head to knee, keep left leg engaged and pointed left toes forward.

Each step hold for 5 breaths, don't forget to breath, its help you get deeper stretch and strengthen.

So now we are ready to achieve our Astavakrasana after warm up, don't forget to warm up the other side :)

How to Astavakrasana

1. Easy way to start from Compass pose, it's on the warm up picture step 3.

2. Place right palm on the ground next to right knee.

3. Keep your left leg rest on your left shoulder.

4. Hook your right ankle on top of left ankle.

5. Keep your right elbow closer to your right hip.

6. Try to straighten both legs toward left side, squeeze legs together.

7. Start to bend your elbows 90 degrees, keep your back rounding.

8. Gaze forward.

9. Hold ther pose for 3 breaths.

Namaste :)

If you have any questions or would like to share your feeling after your attempt, please feel free to send me an email .

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