[Pose Of the Week] Destroyer of the Universe Pose (Advanced)

Conquer your fears & embrace your inner strength & power with Destroyer of the Universe Pose…

Destroyer of the Universe Pose (Kala Bhairavasana or just Bhairavasana) – also known as Pose Dedicated to Shiva the Destroyer, or Formidable Pose – is an advanced-level yoga pose that requires both strength and flexibility – especially in the hips. It is most commonly found in Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga sequences.

This intense hip-opening pose builds on Side Plank Pose to balance the body on one hand and one foot, while stretching the other leg behind the head. It also stretches the arms, hamstrings, hip flexors, and legs, while building strength in the arms, shoulders, core, feet, wrists, and ankles. It is also believed to improve digestion, soothe the nervous system, relieve stress and fatigue, increase blood circulation, and increase mental focus.

Be sure you are fully warmed up before attempting this peak pose – especially in the hips, core, and upper body. You should be able to comfortably perform Full Side Plank Pose and Foot-Behind-the-Head Pose before moving on to this one.

Those with shoulder, wrist, or hip injuries or chronic pain in these areas should avoid this pose.

How to Do Destroyer Of the Universe Pose:

1. Begin in Dandasana / Staff Pose.

2. Hold your right foot and bend your right knee with your left hand.

3. Lift your right foot further by bringing your right elbow under your right knee.

4. With your right hand, hold your right calf, and behind your right shoulder, bring your right knee.

5. Slightly, rotate your right hip and above your head bring your right foot.

6. Push your chest and place your right ankle behind your head.

7. Inhale and straighten your spine.

8. Slowly press your left foot and right palm into the floor and come into a side plank on your right side.

9. Lift your left hand and align your body into a diagonal line from your left heel to your crown.

8. To face your left palm, turn your head.

10. Stay in this pose for 4 to 5 long breaths.

11. Lower your body and release your right foot to come out of this pose. Sit up straight. Exhale and duck your head forward. Relax in Staff Pose.

12. Repeat on the other side.

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