The first time I saw a picture of Astavakrasana – Eight Angle Pose was – if I remember correctly – on the website of Sampoorna Yoga; the school where I later studied yoga and now teach on the 200 and 300 hours Yoga Teacher Training Course. Deepak Sharma, the founder of the school, was doing the pose and I remember I could only wonder how you would get into in and even more: if you would ever get out of it.
I think arm balances are coming naturally to me – especially compared to forward and backward bending – so I mastered this pose pretty quickly. At the same time: I can imagine a lot of people are struggling with it. The right body proportions are handy, just like strength.
Getting into Astavakrasana – Eight Angle Pose
- Sit on the floor
- Bend your right knee
- Take hold of your right foot with your left arm and place the back of your knee on your right arm
- Place your right hand on the floor. Place your left hand on the floor
- Cross your left leg over your right
- Lift up, bend your arms, bring your chest forward and extend your legs to the right
- Stay in the pose for a few breaths
- Straighten your arms, lift your chest, unhook your legs and sit down again
- Change sides
Benefits of Astavakrasana – Eight Angle Pose
- Strengthens the wrists and arms
- Strengthens the abdominal muscles
Contraindications of Astavakrasana – Eight Angle Pose
- Wrist, elbow or shoulder injuries
Photo: Sara Bigatti / La Scimmia Yoga performing Astavakrasana
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Source: Iyengar – Light on Yoga / Key muscles of Yoga – Ray Long / Ashtanga – David Swenson / Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyananda Saraswati