Eka Pada Salamba Sarvangasana
Translation: One Leg Supported Shoulderstand Pose
Lying on the back place the hands down on the mat beside the hips.
Bring the knees into the chest rapidly while simultaneously raising the pelvis and lower back up. Straighten the legs up when the lower back begins to rise. Place the hands into the lower back for support.
Point the toes. Heels or ball points of the toes making sure inner and outer
leg energy is long. Drop one leg down towards the mat. Place the ball points of the foot on the mat if possible. You can also place the top of the foot on the mat.
Extend up through the leg as much as possible. This will result in a slight
tilt in the pelvis. Sometime the hips are kept in line horizontally for the
fundamentals of Tadasana
The upper leg turns out if the hips move out of a horizontal alignment. This can allow a greater stretch through the leg that is extending up but will cause certain aspects of Tadasana in the pose to be lost.
Create space around the neck for the elements to flow.
Vinyasa Yoga Sequencing and Flowing
Vinyasa Yoga postures to transition from and to:
Sarvangasana Navasana Setubandhasana Eka Pada Setubandhasana Halasana Yoganidrasana Supta Konasana Eka Pada Parsva Sarvangasana Matsyasana Matsyasana2 Ardha Bhekasana Parsva Sarvangasana Ardha Padma Sarvangasana Baddha Konasana Upavistha Konasana Urdhva Mukha Paschimottasana
Yoga Teacher Tips
You can perform one side come out and do another posture then re-enter and do the other side. The transitions from one side to the other can also be manipulated to create different responses. Be open to the use of this pose in many different ways during class. Keep the students guessing as to where you are going next and always blend well.
“Suggest many things rather than forcing them upon students. Teach by example and experience. This is a less intimidating way of presenting concepts and ideas. Nobody likes to feel threatened and intimidated. There is however times where a firmness is appropriate especially when class attention is wandering aimlessly. At these times add a little fire to your words. “