Yoga Challenge: A Difficult Yoga Pose
If you’ve been practicing the discipline of yoga for quite a few years and consider yourself experienced enough to challenge your mind and body to the most difficult yoga pose that you’ve ever encountered, then it’s time to try out the one hand handstand pose (eka hasta adho mukha vrkasana).
We’ve all been fascinated with handstands. The ability to balance your whole body with the simple use of the hands is an act that has always elicited exclamations of wonder and admiration. As you progress through the different levels of yoga, and move on up through the beginner, intermediate and then the advanced level yoga poses, you too will be able to perfect your body’s sense of balance and stability. Soon enough, you will have built up enough physical strength and mental focus to perform challenging arm balance poses. The one hand handstand pose (eka hasta adho mukha vrkasana), is truly the king of challenging arm balance poses! Even an experienced yoga practitioner will find their skills and expertise put to the test with this demanding yoga asana!
How to Perform This Yoga Challenge!
Are you itching to give the one hand handstand pose (eka hasta adho mukha vrkasana) a shot? Prepare yourself for a pose that’s bound to test every yoga tip that you have ever been taught, and every piece of yoga advice that you have ever been given!
- Position yourself in the downward facing dog pose (adho mukha svanasana) on the yoga mat.
- Keep your arms straight with the fingers spread out and pointing towards the front.
- Press your palms firmly against the mat and gaze at the space between your hands.
- Bend your knees until you are almost in a full squat position.
- Muster up your strength and push your hips and buttocks up and over your shoulders and wrists. Your wrists and shoulders should be at ninety degree angles to the mat.
- Gradually extend and straighten your legs. Point your toes towards the ceiling and spread them out.
- Push your legs apart so that one leg is towards the front and the other towards the back. Try to hold your legs parallel to the yoga mat.
- Once you are certain that your body weight is well balanced and there is no danger of collapse, shift your body weight to the side of the body on which one of your legs is pointing to the front.
- Bring the opposite hand off the yoga mat. Lift it up so that it is on the outside of the leg which is pointing towards the back. Your body should now be balanced on one hand.
- Maintain the one hand handstand pose (eka hasta adho mukha vrkasana) for 30 seconds to 1 minute at least.
- While performing the one hand handstand pose (eka hasta adho mukha vrkasana), practice deep breathing and utilize your mental capacity to concentrate on your body completely.
A pose as challenging as the one hand handstand pose (eka hasta adho mukha vrkasana) should not be attempted without adequate prior warm-up and preparation. Before attempting the one hand handstand pose, repeatedly practice the peacock feather pose and headstand pose until you are comfortable in those yoga positions. For the first few times, it would be best for you to attempt the one hand handstand pose (eka hasta adho mukha vrkasana) sequence against a wall for added support.
The Benefits of Accepting the Challenge!
There has to be more in store than just personal satisfaction, right? The one hand handstand pose (eka hasta adho mukha vrkasana) has excellent benefits for those who are brave enough to attempt and master the pose.
- Acts as a stimulant for the blood circulation system.
- Calms and soothes the central nervous system.
- Stretches and strengthens the leg muscles and hip flexors.
- Stretches and strengthens the arms, shoulders, back, and core abdominal muscles.