Making Connections in Eka Pada Sirsasana (One Legged Headstand)

Iyengar says of Eka Pada Sirsasana (One Legged Headstand, 11* on the 60* scale of difficulty), ”In the beginning, the neck feels tremendous strain. The left leg is also dragged down forwards. To overcome this, keep the legs rigid at the knees and stretch the muscles at the back of the thighs of both the legs. Also tighten the muscles of the lower medial portion of the abdomen.”

While I don’t experience any neck strain in Eka Pada Sirsasana, my top leg definitely drags forwards. Experiencing this sensation reminds me of Urdhva Prasarita Ekapadasana. In Urdhva Prasarita Ekapadasana, I also have difficulty raising my leg up toward the sky. Keeping the legs rigid at the knees and stretching the hamstrings helps minimize this misalignment in both poses, but I also focus on opening the front of my skyward leg’s hip flexor in order to reach my leg higher.

Noticing where two different poses connect helps us better understand and grow into both asanas. Which two poses do you identify similarities in? How does one pose support the next?

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