This week in my classes, I’m exploring Eka Pada Koundinyasana IIÂ (One-Legged Koundinyasana Pose II). This has always been one of my favorite arm balancing yoga poses. But, now my postpartum body struggles with this pose. I find it more difficult than ever before to find the abdominal strength necessary to fly up into the arm balance. I realized I needed a little extra help to bust out the pose.
Yoga blocks to the rescue!
This video from Sadie Nardini offers a creative and super effective way to approach Eka Pada Koundinyasana II with greater ease.
By placing a block underneath the quadricep of your extended leg, you allow yourself the time and space to hone in on the subtler aspects of alignment in the pose. Focus on hugging your muscles in towards your midline – knitting your abs closer together, and energetically zipping your inner thighs towards center. When you feel strong in your core, and your arms are positioned Chaturanga-style, consider lifting off your back toes to fly up off the block. You may surprise yourself with your flight!
What are your tips for rocking out Eka Pada Koundinyasana II? Share them in the comments below!