Eka Pada Sirsasana, or Leg Behind Head Pose, is an advanced hip opener that requires flexibility, stability, and strength to achieve. While this pose may seem challenging, you can work your way up with preparatory poses that increase flexibility in your spine, hips, and legs. Read on to learn the steps that will prepare you to safely and efficiently build up to the Leg Behind Head Pose. These poses will help you develop the strength, balance, and correct alignment necessary to do this pose safely. Depending on your body, you may need to consistently do these poses over the course of a few days, weeks, or months. Always warm up your body for 5 to 10 minutes before moving into the following exercises. Keep in mind that your body is likely to be more open and flexible later in the day as opposed to early morning. Consider this when deciding which time of day to practice.
Kathryn Budig Challenge Pose: Variation of Koundinya's Pose
Here is a new article that I recently wrote for the British Spectrum , where it appeared in this Autumn edition. This article deals with the benefits, individual limitations, risks, possible warm-ups and proper execution of leg-behind-head postures, chiefly Ekapada Shirshasana. In some ways both the name Ekapada Shirshasana as also the English leg-behind-head are misnomers because the leg has to be placed much further down the neck, ideally below the T1 vertebra for the postures to be safe and effective. I will discuss here only the benefits that I actually felt by practicing these postures over a long time. Leg-behind-head postures are the ideal counter-postures to deep backbends. If you regularly practice postures such as Kapotasana or standing up from Urdhva Dhanurasana then ideally you would counter them by including Leg-behind-head postures into your repertoire.
Kathryn Budig Challenge Pose: Baby Hopper
Eka Pada Sirsasana. I Know what you're thinking. That posture is for advanced yogis, even contortionists!
And maybe not. It depends on a lot of different things: the shape of your hip joint, the orientation of the joint socket; the torsional angle of your thigh bone; the laxity of your ligaments; the postural tension in your low back and the flexibility of your connective tissue and muscles myofascial as well as a potential combination of these! This self-coercion is often fuelled by the myth that if you are a very good yogi, i. This is simply not true. The purpose of this blog is to debunk that myth in the context of LBH postures with education, which hopefully will lead to an understanding that inspires greater acceptance, respect, care and love for the hips we have, LBH suitable or not!