Karnapidasana (Pressure on the Ear Pose)

Pressure on the Ear Pose
Level: Intermediate

Karna = ear. Pida = pain, suffering, restriction, limitation.

Organizing the Pose

  1. Come into the pose from Halasana Plough Pose).
  2. bend the knees and bring them to the temples or ears.
  3. Either keep the hands on the back or fold the arms over the calves as shown.
  4. Hold this pose for 20 to 30 seconds.
  5. Either continue on with other Halasana or Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) variations, or exhale and come down, using the arms to control yourself as you roll down through the back.

Practice Points

  • Soften and widen the buttocks, the back ribs, the upper back and the neck.
  • Soften and widen the chest and throat.
  • Allow the breath to fill the back body.