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Astavakrasana – Eight angle posture

Astavakra means eight-crooks. This posture is dedicated to sage Astavakra who was born crooked in eight places because of a curse.



  • Stand with the feet about shoulder width apart
  • Bend the knee. Place the right palm on the floor between the feet and the left palm a little in front of the left foot.
  • Place the right thigh on the right upper arm above the elbow.
  • Bring the left foot in between the hands and then interlock the feet by placing the left foot on the right ankle.
  • Balance on the arm and then straighten both legs.
  • Bend the elbow , lower the trunk and head until they are parallel to the floor. this is the final position.
  • Straighten the arms and raise the trunk. Release the legs and lower them on the floor.
  • Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side


  • Strengthens the arms, wrist arms shoulder
  • Tones the abdominals and the inner thighs
  • Improves the sense of balance.


  • Heart ailment, high blood pressure, back conditions, problem in the hips, carpal tunnel syndrome.