Kasyapasana


The third variation to this arm balancing sequence …

Kasyapasana is the final variation of “Side Plank Pose” its namesake, Kaśyapa, is a revered Vedic sage of Hinduism. The Half Lotus component of Kasyapasana is challenging as the hip joint is extended, which requires even more flexibility!


How to get into the position

From plank pose / a press-up position, simply switch the weight onto your right palm, inhale, and fold your left leg into half-lotus. On the exhalation, bind the foot by grasping your big toe with your first two fingers and thumb and fix your vision point on the floor.


Hold Kasyapasana for five full breaths. On each inhalation, square your chest. On each exhalation, square your hips to bind further.


The intention behind Kasyapasana is to improve balance and muscle tone along the side of your body / obliques. This develops better connection from your shoulder to your hip.

There is a tendency for the hip to collapse, so keep your hips active.


Benefits

Kasyapasana:

  • Helps improve focus, concentration and balance

  • Tones the oblique muscles

  • Strengthens the wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips and ankles

  • Stretches the hips flexors and groins


Contraindications and Cautions

Avoid this posture if you have any issues with your wrist(s), elbow(s) and shoulder(s), knee(s), ankle(s) or spine.

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