Get me in poses I haven’t done or couldn’t do and I’m happy. Kasyapasana is one of them. Or was one of them. Up until this week, when I did an amazing class with the Italian yoga teacher Sara Bigatti. She got me in this half bound lotus side plank the easy way, instead of the hard way I always tried to get into it. Let’s see if I can get you into it as well; using Sara’s little trick….
Being on the road all the time has a big advantage. I visit a lot of places and by doing so I have the opportunity to study with a lot of great teachers. All with their own style and their own little tricks. And that little trick can be precisely the piece of the puzzle I’ve been looking for for a long time. Kasyapasana – half bound lotus side plank is an asana I attempted a few time, going in it the way B.K.S. Iyengar normally taught it: entering from side plank, placing your leg in half lotus and binding your upper arm around your back to grab hold of your big toe. For me it always meant crashing to the floor. I have no problem to get into half lotus, I don’t have a big problem binding and grabbing my big toe, but doing it in a side plank is a little too much for my body. Well… was a little too much.
Sara showed me an easy way to get into it in her class by starting out in half lotus, binding and then lifting up in side plank. And voila: that piece made the puzzle complete.
If you want to do a class with her as well, but she is not doing any workshops in your area, check out her YouTube channel. You have to understand a little bit of Italian though. 😉
How to get into Kasyapasana – half bound lotus side plank
- Start in Dandasana: sitting up straight on the floor with your legs straight in front of you
- Place your right leg in half lotus
- Place your right arm behind your back and reach with your thumb, index and middle finger for the big toe of your right foot
- Place your left hand about 30 centimeters behind you in line with your left leg or slightly in front of that line
- Place the outside of your left foot on the floor
- Roll your right shoulder slightly forward and over and use the power of your core and leg to lift up into Kasyapasana – half bound lotus side plank
- Stay in the pose for five till ten breaths and slowly lower down to dandasana again
- Change sites
Benefits of Kasyapasana – half bound lotus side plank
- Strengthens hands and obliques
- Makes the area around the sacrum more flexible
- Opens the hip and shoulder
- Knees get more flexible
- Improves blood flow towards the digestive organs
- Has a calming effect on the solar plexus
Although you have one foot on the floor Kasyapasana is seen as an arm balance. The pose is also known as: ardha badha padma vasisthasana. It’s challenging, but I like challenges.
Source: Light on Yoga - BKS Iyengar Key muscles of Yoga – Ray Long Ashtanga – David Swenson Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyananda Saraswati