About the Pose:
Astavakrasana or Eight Angle Pose is a hand balance with a lateral twist. It is an excellent way to develop your stability and equilibrium while strengthening your wrists and arms. You can try coming into this posture from Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend). This is because you will normally be using this extension before lifting your legs and readjusting your arms.
Astavakrasana or Eight Angle Pose requires a strong core, powerful arm strength, and reasonable opening through the hips and hamstrings to practice the full expression of this pose. It is a perfect example of a posture that has much more to do about understanding what goes where, rather than having enough strength to do it.
As tricky as it may appear, once you find the balance point and figure out how to utilize certain body “locks,” it is actually much easier to hold than many other arm balances. The biggest barrier for most people is a lack of range of motion in the hip.
What is Astavakrasana or Eight Angle Pose?
Astavakrasana or Eight Angle Pose is an asana with an interesting history. Dedicated to the Sage, Astavakra, the spiritual guru of King Janaka, is told that when the Sage was in his mother’s womb, his father, Kagola, made several mistakes while reciting the Vedas. Hearing these, the unborn sage laughed.
The father became enraged and cursed his son to be born Astavakra. So it came to pass that he was born crooked in eight places. These crooks earned him the name Ashtavakra or Eight Crooks. Yet Kagola was later defeated in a philosophical debate with Vandin, the court scholar.
While still a boy the sage, a natural scholar of great ability, went to court and avenged his father’s defeat by beating Vandin in argument and becoming the guru of Janaka. Accordingly, his father blessed him and his deformity vanished.
How to do Astavakrasana or Eight Angle Pose (Step by Step):
- Sit with your legs spread apart and place your palms on the ground. Then bend your leg in such a way that the toe is towards the body and the soles are on the outside.
- Now bend your right knee in such a way that the right knee is towards the ceiling and extend the left leg completely.
- Support the foot with the right hand and lift the right foot off the ground by applying pressure with the left palm.
- Keep the right leg raised like this and put your right hand in the middle of both legs in such a way that it touches the thigh of the right leg.
- Now apply pressure on the calf of the right foot with the right hand and make so much pressure that you can also lift the left leg. During this, apply a lot of pressure on the ground with both palms. Maintain pressure on the hand with the right foot throughout the process.
- Now lock the ankles of both feet by trapping them in each other, this will make it very easy for you to do this yogasana or yoga pose and create balance.
- Now breathe in and raise the whole body above the floor in this position by applying pressure with the palms.
- Keeping both the ankles locked in each other, slowly straighten the legs and make the direction of both to the right.
- Now bend your hands like in Chaturanga posture and keep the elbows in the direction of your hips. Look straight and raise your head.
- To come back to the starting position, first, separate the ankles from each other and then straighten the arms.
What are the benefits of Ashtavakrasana or Eight Angle Pose?
- Along with the muscles of your hands, it also strengthens your wrists.
- With its regular practice, your digestive problems are removed. It also gets rid of constipation, indigestion, etc.
- It tones up your body, which makes your figure look perfect.
- Ashtavakrasanaor Eight Angle Pose also improves your mental health. With its regular practice, your focus increases, which improves productivity. It can also avoid stress, anxiety, and apathy.
- It controls blood pressure by improving blood circulation. If you are suffering from the problem of low or high BP, then this asana can give you benefits.
- If you are troubled by period cramps during menstruation, then you should practice Ashtavakrasanaor Eight Angle Pose on normal days. This gives relief from cramps that occur during periods.
- The most important thing is that it also reduces the fat stored on the lower abdomen in women. It is one of the most stubborn fats of women.
Precautions to be taken while doing Ashtavakrasanaor Eight Angle Pose:
Before doing any asana, you must know about its benefits, how to do it, as well as its precautions. Because many times we do it wrongly, due to which we can get loss instead of benefit. In such a situation, you must know about its precautions before doing it.
- In the beginning, you should do this asana only under the supervision of an expert.
- If you are doing this asana for the first time, then do 1-2 sets in the beginning. But gradually after regular practice, you can increase it according to your capacity.
- If you have any kind of pain or injury in your hands, elbows, palms, then avoid practicing this asana.
- Doing this asana on an empty stomach every morning gives more benefits. If you are not able to do it in the morning, then keep in mind that you have not eaten anything for the last 3-4 hours while doing it.
- Before practicing this asana, you must do light exercise. Along with this, you can also do Baddhakonasana, Uttanasana.