Ashtavakrasana Posture

The word “ashta” is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “eight”, “vakra” meaning “curve” or “bend” and “asana” meaning “posture” or “seat”.

Steps To Be Followed:

  • Sit with your spine straight and legs stretched infront.
  • Bend your right knee get it closer to your chest, place your right palm between your legs closer to your groin.
  • Lift your right foot such that your right calf muscles parallel to the mat and place your right thigh behind your arm.
  • Your chest should be facing the wall infront and your right elbow slightly bent.
  • Now lift your left leg and cross your right ankle over your left ankle.
  • Place your left palm beside your left thigh.
  • Inhaling lift your buttocks of the mat.
  • Try to maintain balance , exhaling straighten your legs.
  • Inhaling bend your elbows and bend forward.
  • Suck your abdomen in, tighten your abs.
  • Stay in this posture for 7-10 breaths (each breath must be 6-8 seconds).
  • Now slowly bend your knees, drop your hips on the mat.
  • Release your legs, lay them straight and relax.

Benefits:

  • It helps in strengthening the arms and wrists.
  • It helps in improving digestion.
  • It helps in improving balance.
  • It helps in relieving stress and anxiety.

Contra-Indications:

Shoulder, elbow, wrist injuries.

Disclaimer:- Please practice under the supervision of Yoga Teacher/ Yoga expert