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John Kraijenbrink performing Elephant’s Trunk – Eka Hasta Bhujasana

Elephant’s Trunk Pose – Eka Hasta Bhujasana

Elephant’s Trunk Pose – Eka Hasta Bhujasana is an easy looking, but tricky arm balance. It looks like a variation of Scale pose (Tolasana), but it actually requires a deep hip opener to curl the leg around the upper arm. It’s that ‘top leg’ that makes the pose look like the trunk of an Elephant.

It’s best to warm up seriously before you try this pose. Sun salutations will do a big part of the trick, but also think of your adductors with poses like Wide Legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana) and hips with Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana).

How to do Elephant’s Trunk Pose – Eka Hasta Bhujasana

  • Start seated in staff posture (Dandasana)
  • Bend your right knee and grab your right foot with your left hand
  • Bring your right arm on the inside of your right knee and place the inside of your knee as high as you can on your right arm
  • Set your right hand back on the floor next to your right hip
  • Place your left hand on the floor next to your left hip
  • Bend your left leg slightly, resting your heel on the floor
  • With the strength of your arms push your self up
  • Lift your left heel of the floor and start to work on straightening your left leg
  • Stay of the floor for a few breaths
  • Bend your left leg, placing your heel back on the floor and slowly lower yout butt to the floor
  • Change sides

Benefits Elephant’s Trunk Pose – Eka Hasta Bhujasana

  • Strengthens the arms and wrists
  • Strengthens iliopsoas muscle (of the straight leg)
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Opens hips
  • Stimulates abdominal organs

Contraindications Elephant’s Trunk Pose – Eka Hasta Bhujasana

  • Wrist, shoulder or arm injuries
  • Hip injury
Source: Light on Yoga – BKS Iyengar, Key muscles of Yoga – Ray Long, Ashtanga – David Swenson, Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyananda Saraswati

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