Eight Angle Pose (Astavakrasana) | Steps to Perform and its Benefits
At first, you will think no matter what ‘I can’t do this pose’. Actually, after looking the final pose, it’s really hard to tell how one can get there. But believe there are certain easy steps to do Eight Angle Pose just like a pro. It is an advanced yoga posture that requires balance, strength, and flexibility.
Astavakrasana or eight Angle pose is dedicated to the sage Astavakra, it is said that when he was in his mother’s womb, Kagola (his father) did several mistakes while reading the Vedas. The unborn sage laughed and this made his father enraged and he cursed him to be born as Astavakra. Eight Angle Pose is the most recommended pose if you are feeling weaken in your abdominals and inner thighs, or want to strengthen the upper back. Let’s get to know how to perform the pose and what are the benefits.
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Benefits of Doing Eight Angle Pose
• The pose tones the spine by supplying the nerves enough amount of blood.
• It improves balance and concentration.
• Eight Angle Pose strengthens the abdominal muscles and ultimately improves digestion.
• The asana also relieves stress and anxiety.
• It also helps to eliminate the toxins from the body.
Step By Step Instructions to Do Eight Angle Pose (Astvakrasana)
1. Start sitting in comfortable position, with legs extending out in front of you.
2. Next, bend your left knee and bring the sole of your left leg to the floor, close to left buttock.
3. Slowly, lift your left foot off the floor and bring your shin (fore part of the lower leg) parallel to the floor.
4. Try to reach left knee as high as possible on the left arm, it might take you many adjustments to place knee at the correct position (keep on trying).
5. To support the position place both palms on the floor on the higher side of your hips and keep straightening your right leg.
6. Lift your body off the floor (with both legs) and bring the foot forward your body to join left and right ankle.
7. Now bend your arms to 90 degrees and slowly shift the weight of your body forward while keeping your position parallel to the floor. Simultaneously, move both legs over to the left.
8. Try to keep your legs as straight as possible, lift your head.
9. Keep your arms straight and shift your weight to your butt with control.
10. Hold the pose as long as you can and repeat the posture with another side.