Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand)

Single Leg Head Stand
Level: Intermediate

Eka = one. Pada = the foot. Shirsha = the head.

Organizing the Pose

  1. Come into the pose from Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1).
  2. Reach the left leg up towards the ceiling.
  3. Exhale and gentle lower the right leg down without losing the reach up through the left leg.
  4. Hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds.
  5. Return to Shirshasana and repeat on the second side.
  6. Either continue on with other Shirshasana variations or come down out of the pose.

Practice Points

  • Keep the wrists stacked up and ground down evenly through the forearms.
  • Stretch down through the triceps into the elbow while stretching up through the biceps.
  • Stretch evenly through the armpits.
  • Broaden the collarbones and balance the weight evenly between them.
  • Widen the neck, throat and upper back.
  • Stretch up evenly through the sides of the waist and legs.
  • Soften and widen the buttocks.
  • Soften and widen the chest, neck and throat.