Eka Pada Viparita Dandasana II (One-Legged Inverted Staff Pose II) registers as 29* on BKS Iyengar’s 60* scale of difficulty in Light on Yoga.
Iyengar describes Eka Pada Viparita Dandasana II as a “more strenuous version” of Eka Pada Viparita Dandasana I. No doubt! Eka Pada Viparita Dandasana II is essentially the same as its predecessor, except for one important little detail: your hands grab the ankle of your grounded leg.
For may of us, this sounds nearly impossible. And for even the most advanced yogis, getting into this pose often requires lifting the heels off the ground to increase the backbend. Some of us just weren’t built quite like Iyengar!
If Eka Pada Viparita Dandasana I is in your practice, start walking your feet towards your hands. At some point, you may need to rise onto the balls of your feet to walk in further. Then, the next challenge is raising one leg up to the sky. Today, I feel too unstable with my heels lifted to start lifting one leg up. But, who knows? Maybe tomorrow will be different.
Any of you flexy yogis out there have tips to share on this advanced pose?