Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana is a SANSKRIT word that means Eka means ''One'', Pada means ''leg'', Urdhva means ''Upwards'' and Dhanu means ''bow''. This pose is also known as the ''One-legged wheel pose'' in English. People who have mastered both Chakrasana and Urdhva Dhanurasana are recommended only to perform Eka pada urdhva dhanurasana. This pose is a powerful heart opener and activities the Anahata chakra. This chakra promotes love, compassion, and harmony.
Keep lying on your back with knees bent, as a bridge pose. Place both hands near your head, fingers facing at your shoulders, and elbows pointed as upwards. Lift your hips like a bridge pose, to press the crown of your head. and lift into an upward-facing bow pose. Shift your total weight into your left leg and lift your right knee up, then extend your toes up to the ceiling. Hold this position for 2 to 3 breaths, then release back to the upward-facing bow. relax while next pose. And then repeat on the other side.
Benefits of Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana:
There are the most health benefits of Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana are,
1. Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana is help to increase feelings of self-love and compassion.
2. This pose helps to increase and energizes the body and mind.
3. This asana helps to soothe anxiety and depression.
4. This asana helps to increase spinal flexibility.
5. Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana helps to increase strengthen the legs and back.
6. Continues practices of the asana help to improve balance and coordination with breathing and body.
7. This pose helps to increase the confidence level.
8. This pose also helps to stretch the pelvis and quadriceps.
9. This asana is very useful to increase mental alertness.
10. This asana helps to increase calm and serenity in our life.
Step by step Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanuasana yoga:
1. After performing Urdhva Dhanurasana (Steps 1), exhale and raise the right leg off the floor.
2. Stretch the right leg straight, and keep it at an angle of about 45 degrees from the floor. (Step 2)
3. Then lift the right hand from the floor and place it on the right thigh. (Step 3.) The body is then balanced on the left hand and foot. Hold this position from 10 to 1 5 seconds, with normal breathing.
4. Exhale, lower the hands and raised leg and go back to Urdhva Dhanurasana.
5. Repeat the pose by lifting the left leg and placing the left hand on the left thigh, balancing the body on the right hand and leg. (Step 4.) Maintain the pose on this side for the same length of time.