Etymology and origins
The 18th century Hathabhyasapaddhati verse 81 describes a pose that it names Trivikramasana with the words "Place a foot on the neck and stand up". The 19th century Sritattvanidhi describes and illustrates a pose that it names Trivikramasana, but which the yoga scholar Norman Sjoman states is Durvasasana.
Durvasasana is an advanced standing balancing pose with one leg behind the neck; the hands are held together over the chest in prayer position. As well as rating the pose of difficulty level 21 (out of 60), B. K. S. Iyengar states that it is difficult to balance in the pose, and recommends using a support to begin with. In Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, the breathing in the pose is stated to be either natural or ujjayi.
Eka Pada Sirsasana is a seated form of the foot behind the head pose.
- Bhairavasana, a reclining form of the pose
- Trivikramasana, a similar standing pose with one leg stretched straight up
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- Iyengar 1979, pp. 299–301.
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- Iyengar 1979, pp. 441–443.
- Schumacher, John (28 August 2007). "Eka Pada Sirsasana (Foot-behind-the-Head Pose)". Yoga Journal. Retrieved 4 February 2019.