Astavakrasana - Eight Angle Pose
The traditional discipline of yoga has a knack for making us challenge our physical, spiritual and mental boundaries. The eight angle pose (astavakrasana pose) is a challenging arm balance asana which requires time and practice to perform perfectly. The benefits, however, make it well worth the effort!
About Eight Angle Pose (Astavakrasana Pose)
The eight angle pose (astavakrasana pose) is classified as an advanced level arm balance yoga pose. It is also referred to as the yoga scissors pose and the 8 angle pose. While performing this pose for the first time, all yoga practitioners especially those with limited yoga experience should practice each step slowly and gradually. The eight angle pose (astavakrasana pose) is a physically challenging asana and rushing through the pose may result in muscle injuries, cramps or strains. Practicing the uttanasana, baddha konasana, chaturanga dandasana and utthita parsvakonasana as preparatory poses is an excellent way to warm up the body prior to attempting the eight angle pose (astavakrasana pose).
Step By Step Instructions
Follow these comprehensive guidelines to perform the eight angle pose (astavakrasana pose) sequence!
- Position yourself in a cross-legged seated pose on the yoga mat.
- Bend your right knee, and position your right foot close to the right hip.
- Place your right arm under your right leg, exactly in line with the right knee. Raise the sole of your right foot off the yoga mat, so that your right shin is held parallel to the yoga mat.
- Depending upon your flexibility and comfort level, lift your right knee as high up on your right arm as possible.
- Extend your left leg, stretching and straightening it out. Place your palms against the yoga mat and then use your arms to push your body up off the mat.
- Once your left leg is off the yoga mat, bend your left knee and wrap the left ankle around your right ankle.
- Position your upper body so that it is parallel to the yoga mat, and then shift both legs to your right.
- Shift your gaze towards the yoga mat and hold the eight angle pose (astavakrasana pose) for 30 seconds to 1 minute at least.
- Exit the eight angle pose (astavakrasana pose) by straightening out your legs.
- Repeat the eight angle pose (astavakrasana pose) using your left leg in step 2.
The exceptional health benefits of the eight angle pose (astavakrasana pose) make it well worth the effort!
- Boosts core stability and sense of balance.
- Strengthens and tones the arm muscles and wrists.
- Strengthens and tones the abdominal core muscles and hamstrings.
- Excellent for enhancing concentration and focus.
Things to Remember!
Individuals suffering from wrist, hamstring or shoulder injuries should refrain from practicing the eight angle pose (astavakrasana pose) without consulting their health practitioners first.