Ekapaada prasarnasana or Ashwa Sanchalanasana

Ekapaada prasarnasana or Ashwa Sanchalanasana Also known as Equestrian pose . 

Its name is essentially derived from three Sanskrit words where Ashwa means Horse, Sanchalan means movement and Asana means pose.

Ekapaada prasarnasana is often practised in the 4th as well as the 8th position of the series of Suryanamaskar. Practising this particular asana helps in stimulating the abdominal organs of the body.

How to Do Ekapaada prasarnasana

  1. First, you need to do the Vajrasana pose. From that pose, you need to stand on your knees along with your feet together.
  2. Now bring in front the right leg in such a way that it creates a 90-degree angle between the calf and the thigh. The right thigh needs to be parallel to the floor. Also, the knee needs to be aligned with your ankle.
  3. Now keep the arms on the side of the right leg. Keep the fingers touching the ground which supports the body in order to maintain balance.
  4. Rest your left leg’s knee on the floor while looking upward.
  5. It is the final position. Now hold this pose as long as you are comfortable. Never strain your body.
  6. To release this pose, bring the right leg back in order to sit in Vajrasana
  7. Now follow these same steps with the left leg.

How to deepen this yoga stretch?
Ensure that the left foot is exactly in between the palms.

Uses of Ekapaada prasarna asana

  • This asana stretches the groin, quadriceps, legs, and hips while strengthening the back.
  •  It also helps open the chest and can improve symptoms of indigestion, constipation, and sciatica
  • It tones as well as massages the liver and kidney which improves their functioning.

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