Eka Pada Koundinyasana I (IPA: [pɐriʋr̩t̪t̪ɐ eːkɐ pɐd̪ɐ koːund̪inɟɑːsɐnɐ]; Sanskrit: परिवृत्त एक पद कोउन्दिन्यासन; IAST: eka pada koundinyāsana I) or twisted one legged arm balance is an asana.
The asana is dedicated to the sage Koundinya. This twisting arm-balance asana is a derived version of Koundinyasana (named after sage Koundinya) wherein the strong twist initiated by the legs stimulates the digestive organs and rejuvenates the spine. The asana improves balance and focus as it engages the muscles of the body and helps the mind remain stable.
The name comes from the Sanskrit words , Eka (Sanskrit: एक) meaning “one”, “pada” (Sanskrit: पद) meaning “foot”, and “koudinya” (Sanskrit: कोउन्दिन्य) being the name of an Indian sage, and asana (Sanskrit: आसन) meaning “posture” or “seat”.
Eka Pada Koundinyasana is traditionally entered from tripod headstand, but one can also get into the asana from Parsva Bakasana. Get the knee far enough up the tricep of the opposite arm before bending the elbows so that the core is fully engaged and the leg is less likely to slide down, making more work for the arms.
The pressure of the legs on the abdomen in this asana massages the abdominal organs.
The spinal twist strengthens and rejuvenates the spine.
Strengthens arms and neck.