Eka Pada Koundinyasana II (One Legged Koundinyasana Pose II) registers as 24* on BKS Iyengar’s 60* scale of difficulty and is one of my favorite poses.
I thought I had this pose figured out… until I read Iyengar’s instructions for getting into Eka Pada Koundinyasana II. Iyengar instructs you to approach the pose from Visvamitrasana or, for advanced practitioners, from Salamba Sirsasana II. Say what?!
Don’t fear. You can still work towards Eka Pada Koundinyasana II without taking Visvamitrasana or Salamba Sirsasana II first. Try this approach:
Start in a Low Lunge with your right leg forward, both hands inside your bent front leg. Then weave your right hand behind your right ankle and place it outside your right foot. Bend both elbows and straighten your right leg off the ground and onto your right upper arm. From here, gentle press the ball of your left foot into the ground to lift off and fly!
If these instructions have you scratching your head, start with the Low Lunge, then first work on lifting your bent right leg off the ground and onto your right arm. Then toy with straightening your right leg. Once you can straighten your right leg off the ground, then add the hop off of your left back foot. You may fall flat on your face a few times, but remember: it’s just a yoga pose. The most important thing is to have fun trying.
If Eka Pada Koundinyasana II is in your practice, tell me: how do you approach the pose? From a Low Lunge like me or from Visvamitrasana or Salamba Sirsasana II?