Bhujapidasana (Sanskrit: भुजपीडासन; IAST: Bhujapīḍāsana) or Shoulder pressing posture is a hand-balancing asana in modern yoga as exercise. A variant pose, Eka Hasta Bhujasana, has one leg stretched out straight forwards.
Etymology and origins
The pose is described in the 20th century in Krishnamacharya's 1935 Yoga Makaranda, and it was taken up by his pupils Pattabhi Jois in his Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and B. K. S. Iyengar in his Light on Yoga.
Eka Hasta Bhujasana or Elephant's Trunk Pose has one leg stretched out straight forwards, between the supporting arms.
Twentieth century advocates of some schools of yoga, such as B. K. S. Iyengar, made claims for the effects of yoga on specific organs, without adducing any evidence. Iyengar claimed that this pose strengthened the hands, wrists, and abdominal muscles, and made the body "feel light".
- Bakasana – a similar hand balancing pose, with the shins resting on the upper arms
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