Ashtvakrasana or Eight-Angle pose

Ashtvakrasana or Eight-Angle pose was named after a great Yogi Ashtavakra. He was the son of Kagola who cursed him to have curves on his body when he was in his mother’s womb. Asht means eight and Vakra presents bends, literally Ashtvakra means eight bends.

Ashtvakrasana is a balancing asana and comes under an advanced Hatha Yoga pose. It is practiced after balancing on hands which requires a lot of strengthing on forearms and elbows. Before practicing Ashtvakrasana, it is highly recommended to practice Bakasana.

How to practice Ashtvakrasana

Ashtvakrasana should be practiced in between the session after a proper warm up and finishing the basic series of Asanas. There should be involvement of practice of wrists movements, shoulders rotation, elbows extensions and stretching the arms. The sequence of practicing Ashtvakrasana will be as follow: –

  1.  Ashtvakrasna is balancing on palms, there should be a lot practice of Crow Pose. It prepares the body to adopt the working of Eight-Angle pose.
  2. Shift all the body weight on forearms, lean forward and pay attention on the forefingers. It is very important to make a firm grip over there.
  3. After bending the elbows, twist the lower back and place one of the hips on alternative elbow.
  4. Slowly lift up one of the legs, make proper balance on the palms and lift up other leg as well.
  5. As both legs will be together, whole body weight will be shifted on the arms. It is very important to pay attention.
  6. To hold posture for 20 to 30 seconds with normal breathing and not to push Sacrum. Enlarge the spinal cord and to release pressure from lumbar region.

Benefits of Ashtvakrasana or Eight-Angle pose

Eight-Angle pose involves strength, resistance power, balancing and flexibility. There are so many advantages of practicing Ashtvakrasana and these are: –

  • Ashtvakrasana develops more strength on the wrists and elbows.
  • It is very effective for making a good shape on Deltoid, Scapula, Triceps, Internal Oblique muscles.
  • There is a fast blood circulation on abdomen which is very effective for intestines and spleen.
  • Ashtvakrasana activates Mooladhara (root channel) and Manipur Chakra (solar-plexus channel).
  • It is highly effective in reducing back pain and to get rid of slip disk problem.
  • It makes spine more flexible and allows blood to circulate on Pelvis.


  • Persons who are suffering from broken wrists should not practice it.
  • Beginners should also not force themselves to practice Ashtvakrasana.
  • In case of fracture in the hand, it should be avoided.
  • In case of any hip injury, it is advisable to practice with less holding.

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