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Eka Hasta Bhujasana
(Elephant Trunk Pose)

How to perform Elephant Trunk Pose

Start in Dandasana. Keep your left leg straight as you bend your right knee and bring it over your shoulder from behind. Plant your hands on the floor and lift your legs up off the floor. Repeat on both sides.

What is Eka Hasta Bhujasana?

An asymmetric arm-balancing posture, aimed at improving the student’s sense of balance and overall flexibility.

Just like with all arm-balancings, your whole body is activated though most of your body weight is supported by your wrists. Poses like this, with very atomised points of balance, also require a significant amount of concentration, since the idea isn’t simply to lift up into the pose, but to do it slowly, with control.

When to use Eka Hasta Bhujasana?

Arm-balancing postures come best after a fair bit of preparation. In this case, it is especially important to warm up your wrists and shoulders beforehand. Shifting from Virasana Forward into Adho Mukha Svanasana and back a few times over will go a long way towards increasing your wrist and shoulder joint mobility, and Vasisthasana can be used right before Eka Hasta Bhujasana as a way to gradually get your wrists more used to the upcoming action.