Eka means one, single. Pada means the foot. In Eka Pada Sarvangasana, one leg is on the floor in Halasana, while the other is in a vertical position along with the trunk.

Eka Pada Sarvangasana

Technique

  1. Do Salamba Sarvangasana I.
  2. Keep the left leg up in Sarvangasana. Exhale and move the right leg down to the floor to Halasana. It should remain stiff and straight and not bend at the knee.
  3. While resting the right leg on the floor, the left knee should be kept taut and not allowed to tilt sideways. The left leg should be kept straight, facing the head.
  4. Stay in the pose for 20 seconds maintaining normal breathing.
  5. Exhale, lift the right leg back to Sarvangasana, and then move the left leg down to the floor in Halasana, keeping the right leg vertically up and stiff. Lifting the leg from the floor back to Sarvangasana exercises the abdominal organs more than if one brings both legs down to Halasana.
  6. Stay on this side for the same length of time.

Effects of Eka Pada Sarvangasana

Eka Pada Sarvangasana tones the kidneys and the leg muscles.

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