Also Known as Standing Split Pose. Urdhva means upright, above, high. Prasarita means extended, stretched out. Eka means one, pada means the foot. This pose is done by standing on one leg, curving forward and lifting the other leg upside. Urdhva Prasarita Ekapadasana 6 details provided to you by YogaIQ.
1. Stand in Tadasana. (Step 1)
2. Breath out and bend the trunk forward. With the left hand catch the back of the right ankle. place the right hand on the floor by the side of the right foot and the head or the chin on the right knee.
3. Lift the left leg as high up in the air as possible. Straight both knees. Keep the toes of the lifted leg pointed upside. The legs should stay straight so that the toes point straight ahead and do not tilt sideways. (Step 2)
4. Hold this posture for about 20 seconds, with even breathing. Breath in, bring the left leg down to the ground and come back to Tadasana. (Step 1)
5. Repeat the posture on the other side, keeping the left leg on the ground and the right leg up in the air. Stay in the pose for the same time span on both sides.
Urdhva Prasarita Ekapadasana tones the leg muscles and reduces fat around the hips. By practising Urdhva Prasarita Ekapadasana both the lower and upper body are strengthened resulting in leaner and toned muscles.It increases blood flow and helps calm the mind and improves kidney and lung performance. It helps remove tension from the spine and the cervical area.