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Eka Pada Kaundinyasana I
Eka Pada Kaundinyasana II
Dvi Pada Kaundinyasana

Kaundinyasana (IPA: [koːundindʒaːsənə]; Sanskrit: कोउन्दिन्यासन; IAST: koundinyāsana) or Sage Koundinya's pose is a hand-balancing asana in hatha yoga. It may be performed with both legs bent (Dvi Pada Kaundinyasana), or with one leg over the supporting arm, the other leg straight (Eka Pada Kaundinyasana).[1][2][3]


The asana is dedicated to the sage Kaundinya. In Kaundinyasana, the strong twist initiated by the legs stimulates the digestive organs and rejuvenates the spine. The asana improves balance and focus as it engages the muscles of the body and helps the mind remain stable.[3]

The name comes from "Kaundinya" (Sanskrit: कोउन्दिन्य), an Indian sage, and asana (Sanskrit: आसन) meaning "posture" or "seat". The variation for one and two legs include the Sanskrit words for one (ek) or two (dvi), and "pada" (Sanskrit: पद) meaning "foot".[4]


Kaundinyasana is traditionally entered from tripod headstand, but one can also get into the asana from Parsva Bakasana. Get the knee far enough up the triceps of the opposite arm before bending the elbows so that the core is fully engaged and the leg is less likely to slide down, making more work for the arms.


The pressure of the legs on the abdomen in this asana massages the abdominal organs.[5] The spinal twist strengthens and rejuvenates the spine;[5] the pose also strengthens the arms and neck.[5]

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  1. ^ "Eka Pada Koundinyasana I". Yoga Journal. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Eka Pada Koundinyasana II". Yoga Journal. Retrieved 22 Oct 2015.
  3. ^ a b Iyengar, B. K. S. (1966). Light on Yoga. Harper Collins. pp. 276, 332–335.
  4. ^ Kaminoff, Leslie (30 June 2007). Yoga Anatomy. Human Kinetics. p. 98. ISBN 0736082182.
  5. ^ a b c Iyengar, B. K. S. (1966). Light on Yoga. Harper Collins.

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