Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana – Standing Split
What is Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana?
In Sanskrit ‘Urdhva’ means ‘upwards’, ‘prasarita’ means ‘spread’ or ‘expanded’, ‘eka’ means ‘one’, ‘pada’ means ‘foot’ and ‘asana’ means ‘posture’.
Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana Steps
2. Shift your weight onto your right leg and kick the left leg up behind you.
3. Keep the hands on the floor and the hips squared towards the floor.
4. Walk the hands back towards the standing foot.
5. Lower the lifted leg and forward bend before doing the other side.
Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana Benefits
1. It stretches the whole back side of the body, hamstrings and calves.
2. It strengthens the thighs, knees and ankles.
3. It stretches the groin muscles.
4. It improves your balance.
5. It relieves one from mild headache, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and mild depression.
6. It calms the nervous system.
7. It improves memory and concentration and relieves one from stress.
8.This pose even stimulates the kidneys and liver along with stretching the groin area and the back of the leg.
Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana Dos and Don’ts
If you suffer from ankle, knee or lower back injury then don’t practice this asana.