- Meredith Evangelisti
Tips for Astavakrasana - Eight Angle Pose
Ever see someone doing an armbalance and think
"I want to do that but where do I even start?".
Watch the video below and the read the tips to learn where to start and how to progress to Astavakrasana!
Step 1: Tricep Press on blocks. Make sure your elbows are facing behind you like you would in Chaturanga. Press and hold each repetition for 3-5 seconds.
Step 2: Tricep Press on the blocks with core activation. Do step one and at the top of your press pull your hips up and back using your core. Exhale to get a deeper contraction and more compression through the front side. Press and hold each repetition for 3-5 seconds.
Step 3: L - Sit on the blocks. Do steps one and two and when your hips are up and back lift your heels off the mat using core and hold for 3-5 seconds.
Step 4: Press with leg hook. With or without the blocks. With the blocks you will have to press harder to lift higher but it will give you more space to hover. Hook your leg as high on your arm, ideally to shoulder height, the press to lift. When first starting to build strength in this step use a little help from the foot of the leg that is hooked - without the blocks this will be easier if you have limited hip mobility.
Step 5: Press with leg hook and hover extended leg. Do step 4 then start to engage core to lift and hover both legs. This is called Elephant Trunk Pose or Eka Hasta Bhujasana.
Step 6: Press with ankles hooked. Start with your leg hooked as far up your arm as possible, hook your ankles and flex your feet to hold the bind. Press to lift. This can be done with or without the blocks but you will need to press harder to lift higher.
Step 7: Press with ankles hooked and extend legs. Do step 6 the start to extend legs forward by engaging quadriceps. Think squeeze your triceps with your inner thighs.
Step 8: FINAL STEP- Do step 7 then bend your elbows like Chaturanga.
BE PATIENT. All of these steps are not intended to be done at once. These are drills to help you build up the strength to the final step. Try them, post them and tag me!
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