One-Legged Downward-Facing Dog Pose or Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana (Eka Pa-da Ah-doh MOO-kuh shvan-AHS-uh-nuh) is a standing inversion that requires balance and flexibility. The name comes from the Sanskrit, eka, meaning “one”; pada, meaning “foot”; adho, meaning “downward”; mukha, meaning “face”; svana, meaning “dog”; and asana, meaning “pose.”
Also known as Three Legged Downward Facing Dog Pose or Tri Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana.
Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana – requires stretch in the shoulders and wrists and increases flexibility in the hamstrings.
Benefits and Contraindications
Strengthens the arms
Quiets the mind
Stretches the hamstrings and hip flexors
Develops confidence in balance
It gives a good stretch to the spine, the quadriceps and the leg muscles. relieves pain in upper and lower back
Relieves pain in upper and lower back
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Eye or inner ear infections
High blood pressure
Back, arms, or shoulders injuries
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, beginners can do this pose, but they may need to modify it by using blocks or props for support. It’s important to work within your own range of motion and not push too far beyond your limits.
If you have any injuries or medical conditions that affect your hips, lower back, or hamstrings, it’s important to talk to your doctor or a qualified yoga instructor before attempting this pose. You should also avoid this pose if you have any pain or discomfort in your wrists, shoulders, or neck. Always work within your own range of motion and listen to your body.
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