Flying Splits Pose

Eka Pada Koundinyasana II


As this pose is related to faith, followed with strength and balance, the benefits derived are explained below. Given are these 10 benefits, below:

  1. Builds muscles strength at the arms, shoulders, chest, abdomen, core, hips, spine and hamstrings
  2. Works well in activating the internal organs while strengthening the abdominal muscles.
  3. As this pose is dedicated to Sage Koundinya, the practitioner builds self confidence on his own body and mind.
  4. Brings awareness and connection to the body as the focus is more towards balance.
  5. A great hip opener at an advance level.
  6. A great pose to master for to help with meditation, as meditation requires focus and stability.
  7. While working on the core muscles, this pose helps to keep a strong and flexible back.
  8. Works on the overall strength of the body, thus encouraging good blood flow while also activating the various systems and functions of the body.
  9. Tones the entire body with the burning of the fat, focusing more towards the belly.
  10. Eka Pada Koundinyasana ii, is a great pose to master when planning to do more challenging arm balance poses, as this pose helps to keep the body light. And lighter the body, easier the balance and focus. When I say light, it is not the about the body mass, it is more about breathing to keep the body light and lose.

Eka Pada Koundinyasana IIContraindications:

As this pose is all about arm balance and strength, few precautions should be kept in mind, while practicing Eka Pada Koundinyasana ii. Read these 12 precautions or contraindications to make your practice safe and enjoyable.

  1. As the weight of the body falls on the wrists and the shoulders, this pose – Twisted One Legged Arm Balance pose, is to be avoided completely when there is injury.
  2. Not good when suffering at the initial stages of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, as it would get worse.
  3. Any injury to the hips, lower back again is to be avoided.
  4. Arthritis of the wrists, arms or shoulders, should be avoided.
  5. Arm balance requires understanding of the movement of the body and its limitations, and hence this pose should not be done, when the body is not ready.
  6. As this pose is about balance, it is best to be done with guidance and help when trying it for the first time, unless one’s knowledge on yoga is vast and structured.
  7. Not to be practiced by women who are pregnant and having their menstrual cycle, as there is a lot of pressure at the tummy and the abdominal area.
  8. Anyone suffering from Blood Pressure, should not attempt this practice of Twisted One Legged Arm Balance, as the pressure on the chest and the heart, when the breathing is not done in coordination, will give room for giddiness and the flow of blood to the brain would reduce.
  9. Injury is high if not done with proper care and understanding, given the face is close to the floor.
  10. Any kind of ulcers or injury to the abdominal area should be avoided.
  11. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), someone with this ailment would find it difficult to hold this pose for long, as the pressure around the abdomen is more and the body strength is low, and hence best to avoid.
  12. Avoid this pose if suffering from Spondylitis, as there will be pressure in keeping the neck in balance.



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