Welcome to the topic “Eight-Angle Pose (Astavakrasana).”
Astavakrasana is known as the Eight-angle pose, is an arm balance pose that has lateral twists. When one looks at this pose, it seems quite impossible and difficult to practice. This pose needs core and arm strength, flexibility in your hips, hamstrings, and most important, balance to practice this asana. When a person starts practicing this pose, this pose begins to get comfortable for him/her. The Eight-angle pose requires a yoga mat and patience for people to practice it.
- You can start by seating with the legs straight in front. Bend the right knee towards the chest, and grab the right foot’s outer edge with the right hands and the foot’s inner edge with the left hand. Draw the right knee to the outside of the rib cage.
- By opening up your hip, pull the foot towards the right ear. Then squeeze the upper arm with the leg by tucking the right shoulder behind the right knee.
- On the mat shoulder, put your hands width apart by pressing your hand’s inner triad down. Next is cross the left ankle over the right one and push down your hands to lift the hips off the mat.
- In the last step, you can bend the elbows and extend the legs to the right. While leaning more into the elbows, your chest can come forward and down as the hips move back. Your shoulders need to remain in equal height with each other, and your chest parallels with the mat.
Benefits of Astavakrasana
- The forearms, wrists, and shoulders are strengthened
By practicing Astavakrasana regularly, you can stretch the wrist, forearms, and shoulder muscles, and this way, the blood flow increases in this area. Your muscles will also get more nutrition and oxygen, and this can help them to strengthen. By practicing this asana regularly, you can prevent any injury in these muscles during exercise or any other work.
- It relieves strength and anxiety
Blood circulation starts to increase with the Eagle-angle pose, which helps improve the flow of blood to the brain. This means that the brain gets the nutrition and oxygenated blood insufficient amount, and therefore, the brain can function and reduce various issues related to anxiety, headache, and stress.
- The digestive health is improved
Your digestive health also gets improved by practicing Astavakrasana, and you can prevent many types of digestion-related issues. This pose creates a lot of pressure on the inner intestine and the stomach, and because of this, stress hormones are produced by the body, helping to promote the digestive system’s function.
- It reduces belly fat
Astavakrasana is also very helpful for the abdominal muscles and can reduce belly fat because when you do this asana, a lot of pressure is created on the abdominal muscles. This is very helpful to reduce any extra fat from the belly.
- The focus of mind and concentration is increased
You can improve your mind’s focus and concentration with the Eagle-angle pose because when you do it, the blood flow is promoted to the brain. The brain gets more vital nutrients and oxygen due to the blood flow, and therefore, your brain functions correctly and remains focused.
Astavakrasana or the Eight-angle pose is an advanced arm balance that has a twist built for the flexible yogis. There is no doubt that this pose can be daunting as many turns and twists are involved. However, as you can let go of your fear and embrace the stretches and stiffness of this pose, you will start to feel that this particular pose relaxes your body and brings it to a calm state.
Also Read: Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana)