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Astavakrasana

 

Asta = Eight  Vakra = Bent or Curved

Benefits:
Eight angle so is a challenging arm balance with several benefits: Strengthens the wrists, arms and shoulders. Tones the abdominals, Tones the inner thighs, and improves sense of balance. 

Instructions:
1. From Mountain pose, exhale bend forward to Uttanasana, press your hands to the floor on the outside of your feet. Slightly bend the knees, place your right arm to the inside and then behind your right leg, finally press the hand on the floor just outside your right foot. Work your right arm across the back of the right knee, until your knee is high up on the back of your right shoulder
2. Press your shoulder against the knee, slide your left foot to meet the right and cross ankles, squeezing your arms as you bend the elbows, shift forward and put your weight onto your arms. 
3. Exhale and squeeze your upper arms with legs, keep your elbows close to the torso, look at the floor.
4. Hold for 30 seconds - 1 minute of 5 long breaths. To exit, shift your weight back, unhook the feet, and return them to the floor. Stand and rest in Uttanasana for a few breaths, then repeat pose on the other side for the same amount of time.