Health Benefits of Eka Pada Pranamasana

Health Benefits of Eka Pada Pranamasana

Eka Pada Pranamasana Or One Legged Prayer Pose

Eka pada pranamasana is an intermediate balancing pose. The name comes from the Sanskrit language “Eka”means one ,”Pada”means foot, “Pranam” means prayer and “asana”means posture or pose. The posture is a combination of pranamasana (prayer pose) and Vrikshasana (tree pose). The leg position mirrors vrikshsana with the yogi standing on one leg and bending the other leg so the sole of the foot rests on the inner thigh of its opposite. The hands are placed in front of the chest at the heart center.

Eka pada pranamasana means one-legged prayer pose or one-legged salutation pose in English. It helps in improving balance, posture and leg strength, eka pada pranamasana improves focus and awareness, without which the wandering mind results in a loss of balance. This asana helps in  promoting self-confidence and willpower. It calms the mind, and develops mental and spiritual balance. Traditionally, it is believed that it helps in opening  the anahata (heart) chakra, which is associated with love, forgiveness, compassion, openness and empathy.

How To Do

Eka pada pranam asana(One Legged Prayer Pose)

  1. Stand on the floor or yoga mat with hands on the side in Tadasana.
  2. Focus the gaze on one point at eye level and breath normally.
  3. Now slowly bend your right knee and place the sole of the foot to the root of the left thigh.
  4. Now place your hands in front of the chest in pranam asana.
  5. Hold the asana for a short duration maintaining balance.
  6. Now release the right leg and lower it on the floor.
  7. The practice can be repeated with the other leg also.
Breathing : – Inhale while standing on one foot in the starting position keeping your head high gazing at a point. Breathe normally in the final
Position and exhale while coming back to the starting position .

Precautions – Eka Pada Pranamasana

  • Yoga Asana should be practiced either early in the morning or at least after 3-4 hours of the meal.
  • Please do not practice one legged prayer pose if you have injury in your ankle, leg or foot.
  • During the pregnancy this asana is not recommended.
  • People suffering high blood pressure, hernia ,vertigo, slipped disc  should not attempt this practice.


Health Benefits of Eka Pada Pranamasana Or One Legged Prayer Pose

  • The most important benefits of one legged prayer pose is, it strengthen the leg muscles when you put your whole body weight on one leg.
  • It also strengthens the knee joints and the abdominal region.
  • Eka Pada Pranamasana  improves body posture as well as flexibility.
  • It develops the ability to retain seminal fluid for the maintenance of brahmacharya.
  • Improves stability in the legs.
  • Gives strength to the hip bone and legs due to the weight bearing nature of the pose.
  • It helps one to achieve balance in other aspects of life.
  • It strengthens and tones the entire standing leg, up-to the buttocks .



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