Yoga

One Foot Pose: Eka Padasana

In Sanskrit, Eka means ‘one’ and pada means ‘leg or foot’; so this asana is known as one foot pose. Experts suggest that keeping yourself focussed on your breath can increase your mental focus. This asana can stretch your arms and legs, thereby helping in strengthening them. ‘Eka Padasana’ can also help in promoting balance.

How to Practice Eka Padasana?

  • You may start this asana by standing straight with feet touching each other.
  • Breathe in and raise your arms over your head and intertwine your fingers except the index fingers. You may want to make sure that your ear, shoulders, ankles and hips are aligned properly.
  • Now as you breathe out, bend forward from your hips. Lift your left leg straight up behind you so that the arms, trunk and the left leg are in a straight line.
  • Focus your attention on your hands and hold yourself steady. Breathe normally and try to hold this position initially for 5 deep breaths.
  • Breathe in and return back to your normal position.
  • Repeat the steps by raising your right leg behind you.

You may want to practice ‘Eka Padasana’ on a firm surface, when you are fresh. This is because this asana requires you to balance your entire weight on one leg. At the same time you need to maintain proper body alignment.

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