Eka Padasana (One Foot Pose) – Benefits, Adjustment & Cautions
One Foot Pose or Eka Padasana improves overall balance and strength in the legs, spine, and arms. The word Eka means one and Pad stands for the foot.
You can practice Eka Padasana three times on each side and hold it as long as it feels comfortable. Try to inhale while raising your arms and exhale while assuming the final position.
Here are the steps on how to get in the right posture:
- Stand on your mat with your feet together
- Raise your arms above your head and interlock your fingers
- Bend forward from the hips and transfer the weight onto your right leg
- Keep the trunk, head, and arms in one line while raising the left leg straight back
- Keep the left leg in line with your trunk
- Your left leg, trunk, head, arms are in one horizontal line
- The right leg is straight and vertical
- Gaze at your hands
Focus on Swadhisthana or Manipura Chakra.
Benefits of Eka Padasana:
- Strengthens the arms, wrists, back, hips, and leg muscles
- Helps to develop muscular coordination
- Improves concentration
- Balances the nervous system
Avoid this posture if you have lower back pain, heart problems, or high blood pressure.
To be sure that you practice an asana correctly, we recommend participating in our Yoga Teacher Training Program.