[Pose Of the Week] Ground & Strengthen In Elephant’s Trunk Pose (Advanced)

Elephant's Trunk Pose tutorial

Elephant’s Trunk pose can help you build a strong core and connect with your inner power…

Elephant’s Trunk Pose (Eka Hasta Bhujasana) – also known as Leg-Over-Shoulder Pose or One-Leg-Over-Arm Pose – is a challenging and unique arm balance pose that helps to open and stabilize the hips and pelvis, improves balance and coordination, and builds arm, shoulder, and core strength. This is a great pose for connecting with your center and grounding yourself, and it will help you learn to stand firm in life – both literally and figuratively.

Core-strengthening poses such as Staff Pose, Plank Pose, and Boat Pose can help prepare you for this pose. You may wish to place a block under the extended heel to help with the lift in the beginning, or you can also rest both hands on blocks.

If you have injuries to the shoulders, hips, or wrists, you should avoid this pose. Be sure to listen to your body, and stop if you feel any pain.

Here’s How to Do Elephant’s Trunk Pose:

  1. Begin seated with your legs out in front of you in Staff Pose. Bend your right knee toward your chest and place your foot on the ground.
  2. Tiptoe your right foot out to your right. Thread your right arm underneath your right knee and place your hand on the ground with the fingers pointing forward. Place your left hand on the ground outside your left hip on an equal plane with your right.
  3. Walk your right leg up your right arm until the crease of your knee comes to rest on your right triceps. Hug your leg into your arm and your arm into your leg. Keep the right knee bent and the right foot pointed.
  4. Press into your hands to lift your hips and left leg off the ground. Point both feet.
  5. Hold for 3-5 breaths, then gently release. Repeat on the other side.
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