Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya I, or Eka Pada Koundiyasana, is a challenging arm balance and twist pose that requires trust and commitment. It may seem challenging and sometimes too much to handle at first, but it’s actually one of the first few arm balances that a yogi can try and successfully achieve. It may also look like it demands a certain amount of upper-body strength, but the truth is, your sole focus should be on finding your balance.
1.) Begin kneeling on your mat.
2.) Place your hands on the mat in front of you.
3.) Lift your hips up, press your heels back, and come into Downward Facing Dog.
4.) Bend your arms and lower your body down, bringing your left leg forward so that it is against your left back upper arm. Find a grip here and then begin to lift your back leg.
5.) Shift your weight forward and balance here for as long as you can.
6.) To release from the pose, simply place your feet back on the ground.
Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya I is not only beneficial to your flexibility and balance, but it goes beyond that to help strengthen your arms and wrists, as well as rejuvenating your spine.
Yoga school advocate, B .K.S Iyengar claimed that Koundinyasana massages and tones the abdominal organs, which can help improve digestion. He also believed that it can eliminate toxins by encouraging movements in the colon.
This pose generally works on the strength of your whole body; it can help tone it by burning fat and focusing more on your stomach. It can also strengthen your core muscles, giving you a strong, flexible back over time.
As a beginner, it will be difficult at first to maintain your balance. If that’s the case, you can support your side leg on a bolster and/or your back leg on a chair seat.