Eka Pada Padangusthasana aka ‘pistol squat pose’ is a tough core strengthening pose which requires flexibility in your hips.
How to get into the position
From a standing position extend your leg out in front of you, grasp your big toe with your first two fingers and thumb and take your leg out to the side. Then bend your supporting knee to come all the way down into Pistol Squat in a controlled fashion (put your hand out for balance if need be).
Hold the position for five full breaths. On the inhalation, straighten your spine. On the exhalation, try to lower the squat position.
Eka Pada Padangusthasana:
Strengthens core muscles, gluteus maximus, quadriceps and hamstrings
Contraindications and Cautions
Avoid this posture if you have any issues with your lower back. I would also advise caution if you have any issues with your hip(s) ankle(s) knee(s) or wrist(s).
Damian Cadman-Jones is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga™