Astavakrasana Yoga Pose Steps and Benefits

Astavakrasana yoga is also called eight angle pose in English language. The name of this yoga comes from Sanskrit language in which asta means eight and vakra means bent. In this article you will know about how to do astavakrasana or  eight angle pose.

Step 1.

Astavakrasana Yoga Pose Step 1
Astavakrasana Yoga Pose Step 1
Come off your sticky mat so you can use the floor to slide around. Start out in a comfortable seated pose. Inhale to hike the left leg up on the left shoulder. Firmly press the leg into the arm to help fix it there; continue to hug the arm with your leg. (If your leg does not make it onto the shoulder, hold it with both hands at the highest point you can access, and breathe.)

Step 2.

Astavakrasana Yoga Pose Step 2
Astavakrasana Yoga Pose Step 2

Exhale and plant your hands shoulder-width apart on either side of your hips. Keep the pressure of the left leg on your shoulder and inhale to cross the right foot over the left, hooking the ankles around each other. Your leg will likely slip off your shoulder—just make sure it sticks to your arm.

Step 3. 

Astavakrasana Yoga Pose Step 3
Astavakrasana Yoga Pose Step 3
Press into your hands and exhale to slide your hips back along the floor and come into 
a gentle face plant. On an inhalation, look forward and lift both shoulders away from the floor, as you did in Chaturanga, eventually lifting your shoulders in line with your elbows.

Step 4.

Astavakrasana Yoga Pose Step 4
Astavakrasana Yoga Pose Step 4
Keeping your shoulders fixed in this position as best you can, exhale to press your top leg down onto your arm to lift your hips. Kick your heels forward to straighten your legs as you squeeze your left arm with both thighs. If you squeeze the inner thighs powerfully, these actions alone should float you into the pose. (Note that the bottom leg tends to lag, so squeeze it firmly against the upper arm.) It’s OK if the weight of the legs pushes the shoulders down—just actively move the shoulders back enough to prevent them from getting overpowered. Breathe here for 3 full, deep breaths, and then bend your knees to help you lower back down. Repeat on the right side.


Astavakrasana Yoga Pose Benefits

It help to strengthening the arms and wrists. This yoga is also good for those who wish to ton the muscles of their abdomen.

How to do Astavakrasana Yoga Pose 

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