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Yoga Challenge Pose – Eka Pada Koundinyasana II

This arm balance reminds me a little of break dancing. 🙂

It’s a fun way to deepen our pose of the month Anjaneyasana and it’s great for arms, wrists, belly and spine. The official name of this challenge pose is Eka Pada Koundinyasana II. I shorten it in the video description to Koundinyasana.

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Ok…if you are working this for the first time, be sure to stop where you need to! Give yourself space and time and know that with practice, it comes.

Remember to get good and warm prior to beginning to work on this. Five-ish sun salutes will get you just right or better yet, add it into your current practice. The most important thing is to have fun with it. Don’t stress!

Here’s a yoga tip (sort of a yoga cheat) – When you find your chaturanga arms, bring the back of the elbow on the same side as the back leg into/under the sidebody. It will give you a little leverage. Also, you’ll notice my cheek is pretty much on the floor. Rock forward and let the cheek rest then you can focus a little more on that leg behind lifting. Once you have the lift, straighten back out and shift your gaze forward. Hold and breathe.

If you have any wrist issues or low back problems…this pose is not a good one for you. Always, always, always….listen to your body and honor it.

Here we go now…

Did you give it a go? Leave a comment below on how it went for you!

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