Ashtvakrasana or Eight-Angle pose

Ashtvakrasana, or the Eight-Angle pose, was named after a noble Yogi Ashtavakra. There is a magical inspiration after practising Astavakrasana.

He was the son of king Kagola, who cursed him for having curves on his body when he was in his mother’s womb. 

In Sanskrit, Ashta means eight, and Vakra is called bends Ashtvakra means eight turns.

Astavakrasana is a balancing pose and comes under an advanced series of Hatha Yoga practices. This posture is excellent for awakening the Manipur chakra and helps a person improve the concentration level.

It would help if you practised this asana after balancing the palms, which requires a lot of strength on the forearms and elbows. Before attempting it, we highly recommend practising Bakasana and Chaturanga Dandasana.

      How to practice Astavakrasana or Eight-Angle Pose?

Ashtvakrasana should be practised in a yoga class after proper warm-up and finishing the primary series of Asanas. There should be a lot of practice of wrists movements, shoulders rotation, elbows extensions, and arm stretching. The sequence of practising Astavakrasana will be as follow: –

  1.  It balances on palms, and there should be enough practice of Crow Pose. Then, finally, it prepares the body to adopt the Eight-Angle pose.
  2. Take all your body weight on your forearms, lean forward, and pay attention to the forefingers. It is required to make a firm grip over there.
  3. After bending your elbows, twist the lower back and place one of the hips on the alternative elbow.
  4. Slightly lift one of your legs, make proper balance on the palms and lift another leg.
  5. As both legs are together, shift whole body weight on the arms. Again, It is imperative to bring full attention to it.
  6. Hold Astavakrasana for 20 to 30 seconds, make your breath more profound and not push the Sacrum. Next, enlarge your spinal cord and release pressure from the lumbar region.

                   Ashtvakrasana
 

Benefits of Ashtvakrasana or Eight-Angle pose

The eight-Angle pose or Astavakrasana requires a lot of strength, resistance power, balancing, and flexibility. There are many benefits of Astavakrasana, and these are: –

  • It develops arms muscles and strengths the wrists and elbows.
  • Eight angle pose is an advanced posture for boosting energy on the lower body parts.
  • Astavakrasana has excellent work on developing concentration levels. It also makes a practitioner confident in Asanas practice.
  • This posture is very effective for toning the abdominal muscles.
  • It increases the flexibility of the physical body and sharpens the mind.
  • Ashtvakrasana is very effective for good shape on the Deltoid, Scapula, Triceps, and Internal Oblique muscles.
  • There is fast blood circulation in the abdomen, which is very effective for the intestines and spleen.
  • Astavakrasana activates the Mooladhara chakra (root channel) and Manipur Chakra (solar-plexus channel).
  • It effectively reduces back pain and removes the slip disk problem effectively.
  • It makes the spinal cord flexible and allows blood to circulate in Pelvis.

                                                          Precautions

  • Persons who are suffering from broken wrists should not attempt it.
  • Astavakarasana is an advanced posture which may try after proper warming up the body parts.
  • People suffering from lower back problems should practice it with less holding.
  • Sometimes if you feel dizzy during practice, you may stop the practice immediately.
  • If there is any stomach-related surgical issue please avoid it.
  • Beginners should also not force themselves to practice Astvakrasana; always practise it under proper supervision.
  • In the case of fracture in hand, should not practice it.
  • In case of any hip injury, it is advisable to practice with less holding and less pressure.

Note: Eight-Angle pose is an advanced pose practised in Yoga Therapy as an effective tool for recovering from back and shoulder injuries.