Eka Pada Sarvangasana

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Eka means one, single. Pada means the foot. In this variation of Sarvangasana, one leg is on the floor in Halasana, while the other is in a vertical position along with the trunk.

TECHNIQUE

1. Do Salamba Sarvangasana I. (Plate 102)

2. Keep the left leg up in Sarvangasana. Exhale and move the right leg down to the floor to Halasana. (Plate 117) It should remain stiff and straight and not bend at the knee. If it is not possible to touch the floor, lower the leg as far as possible.

3. While resting the right leg on the floor, the left knee should be kept taut and not allowed to tilt sideways. The left leg should be kept straight, facing the head.

4. Stay in the pose for 20 seconds maintaining normal breathing.

6. Stay on this side for the same length of time.

EFFECTS

This asana tones the kidneys and the leg muscles.

5. Exhale, lift the right leg back to Sarvangasana, and then move the left leg down to the floor in Halasana, keeping the right leg vertically up and stiff. Lifting the leg from the floor back to Sarvangasana exercises the abdominal organs more than if one brings both legs down to Halasana.

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