Digital Asana Project

Digital Asana Project: Upside Down Eagle into Gandha Bherundasana Variation

In this video, Dhyana demonstrates for us a very fun and challenging transition. It goes a little something like this. From Down-Dog, Dhyana comes into a Handstand. Then, she winds her legs into Garudasana (Eagle Pose) position. Then, bending at the elbows, she begins to lower her chin to the floor, coming down into a variation of Gandha Bherundasana with the legs still wound in Eagle position.

This is a very, very advanced transition — Jedi yoga, as some of my friends call it. I doubt that many yoga instructors can even pull this one off. The prerequisites, so to speak, for this transition are:

1) The ability to do a freestanding Handstand for an extended period of time.

2) The ability to lower safely and with control from Vrischikasana II (Scorpion) into Gandha Bherundasana.

3) The ability to wind the legs into Eagle Pose without the assistance of the hands.

For most people, the advice “don’t try this at home” applies here. It’s fun to watch these amazing transitions, however, to inspire us and to see what can happen when we combine complex and advanced asanas into a sequence that exhibits such grace, power, focus, and balance all at once.

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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