Eight-Angle Pose (Astavakrasana)

Astavakrasana (Eight Angle Pose) springs from the Sanskrit words, "asta" (that means eight) and "vakra" (that means hooklike or bent). In Hindu mythology, Astavakra was the religious guru of King Janaka of Mithila. Once Astavakra was in his mother’s internal reproductive organ, his father Kagola made many mistakes while reciting the Vedas. Hearing this, the unborn kid laughed in his mother’s womb. The daddy, Kagola, got angry and cursed his son to turn crooked. As a result, his son was born twisted in eight places (chest, neck, feet, hands, and knees), and was named Astavakra.

Eight-Angle Pose

Beginner’s tip

If you discover it is difficult to balance during this period, rest your bottom hip and leg on a bolster.


NOTE: Before you start this, consult your doctor or an exercise professional about this pose. Don't try to do it alone.


Tip To Do -

1 - Begin in Dandasana (Staff Pose).
2 - Bend your right knee, draw your thigh out toward the appropriate facet, and softly extend your right knee over your right shoulder. Press your right leg into your arm to stabilize yourself. (If your leg doesn't make it onto your shoulder, hold it with each hand as high as you'll be able to maintain).
3 - Lean slightly forward and place your hands on the ground, shoulder-width apart, on either side of your hips. Grip your right shoulder together with your right calf and inner thigh.
4 - Press your hands into the mat and use your abdominal muscles to lift your hips and left leg.
5 - Hook your left gliding joint over your right gliding joint and press your ankles together. Draw your inner thighs toward your higher arm, then bring your chest forward and bend your elbows whilst swinging your legs to the right.
6 -  Straighten your legs by applying pressure through your heels. Inhale here.
7 - To exit the pose, inhale to raise your chest and swing your legs back toward the middle of the mat. Exhale, spread out your ankles, and come back to Dandasana.


The Advantages of the Eight-Angle Pose

1 - The eight-angle pose can help with bodily property and awareness.
2 - Stability and balance
3 - Eight-Angle Pose brings identical feelings, building power and confidence.
4 - The pose can help to stretch and contract the various muscles.
5 - It helps to extend the facility and energy within the body, getting ready for difficult balance postures.

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