Urdhva means upright, above, high. Prasarita means extended, stretched out. Eka means one, pada means the foot. This posture is done by standing on one leg, bending forward and lifting the other leg high up.

Technique

  1. Stand in Tadasana.
  2. Exhale and bend the trunk forward. With the left hand catch the back of the right ankle. Rest the right hand on the floor by the side of the right foot and the head or the chin on the right knee.
  3. Lift the left leg as high up in the air as possible. Tighten both knees. Keep the toes of the lifted leg pointed upwards. The legs should remain straight so that the toes point straight ahead and do not tilt sideways.
  4. Stay in the pose for about 20 seconds, with even breathing. Inhale, bring the left leg down to the ground and come back to Tad
  5. Repeat the pose on the other side, keeping the left leg on the ground and the right leg up in the air. Stay in the pose for the same length of time on both sides.

Effects

This asana tones the leg muscles and reduces fat around the hips.