Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya I, Flying Splits Pose, or Eka Pada Koundiyasana, is a challenging arm balance and twist pose that requires trust and commitment. It may seem challenging and sometimes too much to handle at first, but it’s actually one of the first few arm balances that a yogi can try and successfully achieve. It may also look like it demands a certain amount of upper-body strength, but the truth is, your sole focus should be on finding your balance.
Benefits and Contraindications
Improves sense of balance
Builds strength in your arms, wrists, back and hips
Tones the oblique muscles and the abdomen
Revitalize digestive organs
Any wrist or arms injuries less than three months old
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Pregnancy or menstruation cycle
Lower back pain and abdominal surgery.
Photo poses in different angles
Modifications, Props & Tips
As a beginner, it will be difficult at first to maintain your balance. If that’s the case, you can support your side leg on a bolster and/or your back leg on a chair seat.
- Eka Pada Koundinyasana II
- Eka Pada Galavasana