Yoga Pose of the Day: Hurdler’s Pose (Eka Pada Koundiyanasana II)

 

Benefits: 

  • Strengthens the arms and wrists
  • Tones stomach and spine
  • Increases sense of balance

Alignment:

  • With elbows bent straight back (think, chatarunga arms), shift weight forward until it’s balanced between your hands
  • Place the back of your front thigh as high up as possible on the upper arm that it’s draped over
  • Lift your chest until it’s about parallel to the floor
  • Gaze can be forward or to the side

Be Safe!

  • Use blocks or other props to rest your legs on as you practice lifting them off the floor
  • Practice crow and other arm balances to gain wrist and arm strength before trying this pose

Be fearless!

  • Practice straight and bent leg variations!
  • Challenge yourself to hold this for 20 seconds or longer on each side!
  • Practice anywhere! Even on a pool table…

Tell me, what has been the craziest place you’ve practiced this pose?

About Anne

Anne is a passionate yogi who loves to be active outdoors. When she's not traveling to destinations near the equator to practice yoga and eat tropical fruit, you can find her in the kitchen cooking up nourishing meals with her partner, Brandon. A music junkie at heart, she is currently spinning: Tor, Hiatus, Friend. and Giyo.

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