One Leg Pose | Eka padasana - How to do and 6 Benefits

One Leg Pose

              One Leg Pose is also known as "Eka padasana". Eka padasana or One Leg pose is balancing yoga pose. Eka padasana is the combination of 3 Sanskrit words, 'Eka' + 'Pada' + 'Asana'. Eka means 'One', Pada means 'Leg', and Asana means 'Pose'. One Leg pose is also known as 'One foot pose'.

Yoga Girl doing One Leg Pose or Eka padasana yoga pose
One Leg Pose | Eka padasana

                                                        Pronunciation - eka-pa-da-sa-na
                                                        Difficulty level - 5 out of 10.

This is balancing pose. Poor balance means restless mind or distracted attention.

Eka padasana

How to do One Leg Pose?

Steps -
  1. Stand in Tadasana, straight with legs together and hands straight down touch to the side of the thighs. Take couple of deep breath and calm your mind.
  2. Now slowly bend forward from your waist with hands straight, stretched and parallel to ground as shown in picture above extend arms.
  3. Now slowly lift the right leg backward without bending it from knee up to it becomes parallel to ground as shown in picture above extend right leg.
  4. Maintain the balance on one leg. To maintain the balance focus on fixed point on floor or anything. Gently breathing also helps to maintain the balance.
  5. Stay in this pose or Hold this pose for few seconds. 10 seconds are enough for beginner.
    Your breathing must be gentle and at normal depth, while doing this Yoga pose.
  6. Then slowly come back to the original / starting position.
    Stand straight with legs together and hands straight down touch to the side of the thighs, like Tadasna or Mountain yoga pose.
  7. Now just change the leg, this time take left leg and lift it from backward.
    Repeat the steps from 1 to 5.
Note -
  • Try to maintain balance of your body on one leg as much possible as you can.
  • Focus on one fix point to maintain the balance.
  • You can interlock fingers of both hands in this Yoga pose, or just do it in Namaste Mudra like above picture.
  • I prefer closed eyes. Closed eyes also help you to maintain the balance.
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Benefits of One Leg Pose or Eka padasana -

  1. Regular practice of One Leg Pose increase concentration.
  2. This Yoga pose strengthen leg muscles like hips, thighs, calf’s etc.
  3. This Yoga pose helps to remove fatigue and laziness.
  4. Regular practice of One Leg Pose improves balance and co-ordination of the body.
  5. One Leg Pose gives a good stretch to muscles of lower back.
  6. One Leg Pose also stretches and strengthen the muscles of neck and shoulder blades.

Precautions of One leg pose or Eka padasana -

  1. Those who have knee-joint pain or ankle-joint pain should avoid to do One Leg Pose or Eka padasana.
  2. Avoid this Yoga pose, if you are feeling like qualm or reel.
  3. If you have a Low or High Blood Pressure, Headache and Insomnia then avoid One Leg Pose.
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