[Pose Of the Week] Focus Inward with Ear Pressure Pose (Advanced)

Shut out the world and calm your mind in Ear Pressure Pose – an advanced stretch and meditation in one…

Ear Pressure Pose (Karnapidasana) – also known as King Plow Pose – is an advanced yoga pose that stretches the entire back-body, calms the mind, and allows you to focus inwards. This pose provides an intense stretch for the upper and lower back, hamstrings, shoulders, and neck, while also providing a “wringing” effect to stimulate all of your internal organs of the torso and promote detoxification.

This pose illustrates the principle of Pratyahara  – one of the ancient 8 limbs of yoga that means withdrawal of the senses, the purpose of which is to shut out external stimuli so that you can better focus within. To gain the calming mental benefits of the pose, close your eyes within the pose, and focus only on your breath while you attempt to block any external sounds with your knees.

This is an advanced pose, and it may take some time to get comfortable with pressing your knees against your ears. To work up to the full pose, you can begin in Plow Pose, and then try bending one leg at a time until you feel comfortable enough to support yourself while bending both knees. You can also try placing a block on each side of your head and resting your knees here until you increase your flexibility enough to bring your knees to the floor. Be careful not to turn your head in this pose to avoid straining your neck.

Those who have high blood pressure, heart conditions, or a neck injury, or those who are pregnant, should not perform this pose.

How to Do Ear Pressure Pose:

  1. Begin in Plow Pose with the shoulders tucked under. Your hands can be flat on the floor or interlaced behind your back.
  2. Bend your knees and bring them to the floor on either side of your head.
  3. Rest the tops of your feet on the floor.
  4. Allow the knees to apply light pressure to the ears, momentarily cutting off aural distractions.
  5. Take at least five breaths before releasing your arms and slowly rolling out of the pose vertebra by vertebra.
Read more about the pose at VeryWellFit.com


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