Baby Grasshopper Pose - Parsva Bhuja Dandasana

Baby Grasshopper Pose - YanvaYoga


Baby Grasshopper Pose or Parsva Bhuja Dandasana (pa-aar-sva-bhu-jaa-dan-dahs-anna) is a modified version of full Grasshopper or Dragonfly Pose. Here, one foot remains on the floor for stability and one leg reaches to the side while the yogi builds strength and confidence to enter the full pose. This arm balance is great for beginner to intermediate practitioners.
Balancing the body on one arm and a foot in this asana brings a twist in the spine and opens the hips. This improves flexibility and strengthening.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1
Sit on the floor, legs stretched out in front of you.
Step 2
Cross your left leg over your right thigh, and place your left foot on the mat just outside the right knee.
Step 3
Turn your torso to the right.
Step 4
Bend your elbows and place the palms of your hands on either side of the left foot.
Step 5
Lean forward towards the floor.
Step 6
Hold your right foot (the foot of the straight leg), with your left hand (the hand closest to the right foot).
Step 7
Keep leaning towards the floor, lift the pelvic floor up into your body, use your abs, lift your hips. And there you go : you are a Baby hopper!

Benefits and Contraindications


Helping to stimulate and nourish the reproductive organs.

Improves concentration and focus

Improves flexibility in the waist, lower back, thighs, spine, and shoulder blades.


Injury in the shoulders, elbows, or wrists

Issues with the stomach or internal organs


High blood pressure

Photo poses in different angles

Modifications, Props and Tips

  • The pose will become much easier if you try to push most of your weight into the standing foot. To do so, make sure you engage your leg muscles and core and strongly push the foot into the ground.
  • Keep the lifted foot flexed. This will not only protect the knee but will also help you when you lift off the mat.
  • Keep the palm of the arm that’s on the floor close to your body. This allows you to keep the elbow close to the ribs.
  • Spread the fingers of the bottom arm to help you with stability.
  • Avoid bending the lifted leg. If you’re not able to keep the leg long when you grasp the foot, use a strap to extend your reach.
  • If you’re afraid you will fall, place a cushion in front of your head to protect you.

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Iana Varshavska
Iana Varshavska
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In love with yoga and everything that goes along with it. Iana is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) who has completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification by the Yoga Alliance U.S. In addition to that, she is constantly studying and improving her skills in various aspects of yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, biomechanics, and holodynamics.