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.
Vasisthasana: Side Plank Pose
Vasisthasana (vah-sish-TAHS-anna) comes in many variations. At its core, side plank is a challenging arm balance that requires core and shoulder strength.
Philosophy + Origin
The word “vasistha” appears in the yogic tradition as the name of several sages. This pose honors all the vasistha sages, including an array of rishis and prajapatis (lords of creation). In one story of Vasistha, he was the proud owner of a famous wish-granting cow named Nandini that helped Vashistha acquire vast wealth. While the Sanskrit translation of this pose is “Sage Vasistha’s pose,” the common translation is “side plank.”