Named after an ancient sage cursed with Crooked limbs.
From a seated position hook the legs. Bend the elbows out a little and lean the chest forward and down. The leg running under the body is placed over the leg that is above the arm. Extend them forward and diagonally out.
Common Faults One of the shoulders usually tilts down too much. In the picture opposite it would be the left one. Always check the alignment of your shoulders with a small glance down and back. Be careful this action does not tilt you over head first.
There is a tilting point in all yoga arm balance positions click to find out more.
The leg that hooks over the arm supports the leg that runs under. Hook the feet in a way that this support is made easier.
Vinyasa Yoga postures to transition from and to:
Janu Sirsasana Eka Pada Upavistha Parivrttasana Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana Janu Sirsasana II Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana II Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana III , Parivrrta Janu Sirsasana IV Upavistha Parivrttasana Baddha Konasana Upavistha Konasana Parivrtta Upavistha Konasana Parsva Upavistha Konasana Akarna Dhanurasana Upavistha Januparivrttasana Koundinyasana 2 Chaturanga Dandasana
Yoga Teacher Tips
This posture is a great confidence booster for students. It is one of the easier arm balance postures despite it looking quite challenging. Teach an easy way to get into it.
“Helping student to reach goals they may never have expected to reach is the aim of a well practiced teacher. To do this safely and continuously is the art of a master yoga teacher.”