One Legged Pose Dedicated to the Sage Galava - Ekapada Galvasana

Benefits: This pose strengthens the wrists and arms, massages the abdominal organs and increases flexibility in the hip joints.

Step by Step Instructions:

If you have never practised headstand under a qualified teacher before,
then please omit this pose from your practice. Do not practise this
pose if you have high blood pressure, a cardiac condition or if you are menstruating.

Begin by kneeling on your mat in vajrasana with your hands on your thighs.

Lean forward and place your hands mindfully on your mat, just by your knees, shoulder width apart.

Place the top of your head on the floor. The top of your head is half way
is between the forehead and the crown. Tuck your toes underneath and straighten your legs.

Inhale your right leg up, followed by your left leg, bringing both legs to vertical.

Allow your hands to descend down into the mat and ascend your scapulas up
to your sacrum. Have your upper arms and elbows parallel to one
another and in line with your armpits.

Bend your left leg into half lotus, place your left shin on your left triceps and your left ankle on your right triceps.

Exhale and straighten your right leg. Inhale and lift your head and torso,
keeping your elbows bent and your upper arms parallel to the floor.
Keep extending your back leg while maintaining lift in your head and
torso. Your breath will be shortened due to the pressure on your
diaphragm, but can still be smooth.

Exhale and bend your right knee, bringing it on to the floor. Place the top
of your head on the floor and inhale your left leg up to headstand, followed by your right one.

Breathe here, centring yourself.

Bend your right leg into half lotus and place your right shin across your triceps.

Exhale and straighten your left leg, inhale and lift your head and torso off
the mat. Extend through your back leg and keep moving your elbows in to toward one another.

Bend your left leg and bring your head on to your mat. Inhale your right
leg up to vertical, followed by your left leg.

Breathe here in three point head stand, allowing the spine to neutralise.

Exhale both legs down to the floor together. Bend your knees and come to
sitting on your heels in
vajrasana.

 

Everything Else:

Level: 8
Props required: Not Required
Movement Type: Arm Balance
Sub Movement Type-A: Strengthening
Sub Movement Type-B: Core
Main Anatomical Focus: Arms
Secondary Anatomical Focus: Hips
Physiological Focus: Digestive System, Excretory System, Reproductive System

Contraindications:Avoid this movement if you have any wrist Lower Back knee or hip injuries or if your are pregnant or menstruating.

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