Digital Asana Project

Digital Asana Project: Handstand to Eka Pada Bakasana

One of my yoga pals in Los Angeles has graciously volunteered to demonstrate some transitions for Om Shanti. As you can see in her videos, she possesses supernatural yoga abilities, and the transitions that you see her demonstrate should definitely not be attempted without the assistance of a very knowledgeable and experienced teacher by your side.

This week’s video is Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand) into Eka Pada Bakasana (One-legged Crow Pose). This transition is pretty tricky, and I have personally wiped out several times trying it. The first step is to come into a good old, regular Handstand. (Of course, if you cannot do a Handstand freely in the middle of the room, this transition is not one you should be working on!) The next step is to bend one knee, which will be the knee that lands on the back of the tricep in Eka Pada Bakasana. Lowering down from here is the trickiest part of the transition, and it will require some significant bend in the elbows. Finally, to lower the bent knee onto the back of the tricep requires a great deal of focus and control. Coming down too fast will result in a crash and kaboom. One way to practice slowly lowering down here is to first practice the slow transition from Handstand to Chaturanga.

The next challenge after mastering Handstand to Eka Pada Bakasana is to figure out how to get from Eka Pada Bakasana back into Handstand. I don’t know that any human being in the world can do this, although I think I have seen a video of Ana Forrest doing it, but she may not be human.

Disclaimer: I am not a certified yoga instructor, and the ideas and opinions expressed here are not intended to be formal instruction on yoga poses. If you plan to start up a yoga practice, or if you have one and plan to do any of the yoga poses described in this blog, please seek out an experienced, living, breathing yoga teacher to guide you with hands-on instruction.

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