Elephant’s Trunk Pose Yoga: Eka Hasta Bhujasana
Eka hasta bhujasana (Eh-kah Ha-stah Boo-JAS-ah-nah) is a unique arm balance that stabilizes the pelvic girdle while opening your hips, improving balance and coordination.
- Eka: one
- Hasta: hand
- Bhjua: shoulder
- Asana: pose
PHILOSOPHY AND ORIGIN:
In general, yoga asanas help us bring together distracted or wayward energies, forging them together into an integrated, coherent state. Arm balance poses like elephant’s trunk pose help to connect our lower and upper extremities, awakening a direct and naturally centered energy in the pelvis and navel area. This energy can then be drawn into the higher centers of our bodies, such as the heart, throat, and mind.
- Strengthens your arms and shoulders
- Opens your hips
- Stabilizes your pelvic girdle
- Staff pose | Dandasana
- High to mid plank | Chaturanga dandasana
- Boat pose | Navasana
- Eight angle pose | Astavakrasana
- Compass pose | Parivrtta surya yantrasana
- Heron pose | Krounchasana
- Bridge pose | Setu bhandasana
- Supine hero’s pose | Supta virasana
- Bound angle pose | Baddha konasana
- Try lifting up with the lower leg tucked in rather than extended out in front.
- Place a block under your extended heel to help lift the leg.
- Begin seated with your legs out in front of you (dandasana). Bend your right knee toward your chest and place your foot on the ground.
- Tiptoe your right foot out to your right. Thread your right arm underneath your right knee and place your hand on the ground with the fingers pointing forward. Place your left hand on the ground outside your left hip on an equal plane with your right.
- Walk your right leg up your right arm until the crease of your knee comes to rest on your right triceps. Hug your leg into your arm and your arm into your leg. Keep the right knee bent and the right foot pointed.
- Press into your hands to lift your hips and left leg off the ground. Point both feet.
- Hold for 3-5 breaths, then gently release. Repeat on the other side.
Utkatasana: Chair Pose
A challenging pose with hidden benefits, utkatasana (OOT-kah-TAHS-anna) works your body inside and out. Aside from strengthening your legs, this powerful pose also improves the health of your diaphragm and stimulates your heart. Practicing regularly will not only increase your physical endurance, it also encourages your chest and arms to open, creating more space in your body energetically.
Philosophy + Origin
While sitting in a chair is a common act for most of us today, chairs were once, and in some locations still are, considered a luxury. A throne in particular is a seat of power, one assumed by leaders around the world. The pose utkatasana, translated to mean powerful pose, invites individuals to sit on their throne, their seat of power. Embracing the challenge of the pose, and recognizing the strength that is generated when assumed thoughtfully and in proper alignment (physically and spiritually), you can begin to refine all aspects of your life, allowing yourself to step into roles of leadership and responsibility with clarity and confidence.