Eight-Angle Pose

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Given the anatomical structure of the human hands, which unlike feet are made for mobility rather than for bearing weight, arm support poses are generally demanding. Consequently, novice students are recommended to practice these kinds of positions only after having gotten used to standing poses. When undertaking your yoga practice, remember to wear comfortable apparel that will allow your body to move without hindrances, such as leggings, capris or workout pants and clothing.

Astavakrasana (ah-shta-vak-rahs-anna) is regularly categorized as an intermediate level twisting arm balance yoga position. All arms, legs, and spine are activated and lengthened while executing this pose. Especially when it comes to the adductors, triceps, and pectoralis major or chest muscle.   

A perfect eight-angle position ought to look similar to an asymmetrical “v” while being looked from above. To carry out this pose adequately one’s weight should be slightly shifted either onto the left or right arm, one’s ankles should be locked together, while the fingers remain widely spread and the upper lying leg rests lightly on your shoulder. One’s shoulders should be positioned in a pleasant (non-hurtful) way, as the arms are actively pressing against the ground and the elbows are kept near the torso.

Some useful tips to take into account are the following:

  • To position your hands shoulder-width apart
  • To look forward while maintaining the position
  • To keep your shoulders as steady and still as you can once you have found your balance
  • To strengthen your legs by pushing your heels forward and squeeze your locked arm with both thighs at the same time
  • It is important to keep these cues in mind when going into an eight-angle pose, as they make up the basis of this position and will help avoid any unwanted injuries.   

In order to gain the flexibility and stability needed to carry out this pose, you can first practice the high lunge pose or Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana, four-limbed stick pose or Chaturanga Dandasana, and baby cradle pose or Hindolasana. These positions will open your hips, hamstrings, and chest. They will strengthen your back, arms, and core, and work on your abdominal muscles.   

Once you have trained in strengthening your body as well as gaining more flexibility you can go ahead into a full eight-angle pose after doing preceding poses like standing forward bend or Uttanasana, bound angle pose or Baddha Konasana, and extended side angle pose or Utthita Parsvakonasana. Follow-up poses can either include the two-handed arm balance position or Dwi Pada Bhujasana, and shoulder-pressing pose or Bhujapidasana. 

Benefits linked to the practice of this position are related to the realignment of the third, Manipura, chakra. This is the energy center that harbors our personal and transformational powers, self-esteem, confidence, and warrior energy. Some of the benefits include the strengthening of the arms, wrists and abdominal muscles, the nurturing of one’s self-confidence, sense of purpose, and motivation.

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