Kaundinyasana - SoulPrajna

Koundinyasana Definition

Eka Pada Koundinyasana is roughly translated in English as One Footed Pose.

In Sanskrit, Eka means One, Pada means Foot, and Koundinya is a rishi who had a wealthy cow named “Kamadenu” so it is roughly translated as “Wealth”, and Asana means pose.

This asana has two variations, one is Eka Pada Koundinyasana A and Eka Pada Koundinyasana B.

Practioner Level

This is an advanced level yogasana which can be performed by the person who is already been practicing the yogasana for a very long time.

These asanas require a degree of balance within yourself that comes over a period of the regular practice of the asana.

You can use the yogasana mat suggested below and the yoga dress for your convenience.

Koundinyasana Effects

This will affect your arms, wrists, abdomen, and spine.

8 wonderful Koundinyasana benefits

Below are the scientific benefits of koundinyasana.

  1. It massages the abdominal organs.
  2. This will rejunivate your spine.
  3. It helps strengthening your shoulders.
  4. This will help you get a flat stomach.
  5. It brings about a great body control and awareness.
  6. This asana opens up new spiritual and physical experiences while performing the pose.
  7. It will help overcome your fear and weakness.
  8. This asana will improve your inner strength, concentration, and balance.

Preliminary Asanas

You can do Adho Mukha Shvanasana, Uttanasana before doing this asana.

Check out the details on how to do all the yoga asanas.

How to do Koundinyasana?

Here is a step by step procedure on how to do Koundinyasana.
  • Start your practice of this asana with Tadasana, face the right side of your mat.
  • Keep your knees together.
  • Come into a squat, lift your heels and rooting down with your big-toe mounds, hands in Anjali Mudra.
  • While exhaling, take your right upper arm to the outside of your left thigh and twist it to the left.
  • Ensure you are gazing forward while performing the asana and your chin in line with your sternum.
  • Place your hands on the mat pointing forward, shoulder-distance apart with wrists creases parallel to the front of the mat.
  • Lift your hips and extend your sternum away from your navel.
  • As you reach your breastbone toward the front of your mat, shift your weight forward until your feet become light, and draw them toward your buttocks.
  • Keep your elbows pinned into the midline and stacked over your wrists.
  • Bring your knees as close to your right armpit as possible and try to keep your weight off the left arm.
  • While exhaling start to straighten your legs.
  • Engage your quadriceps and push your right femur toward the wall behind you as you press into the right big-toe mound.
  • Simultaneously, press forward with your left big-toe-mound to re-create the legs of the revolved triangle pose.
  • This is a basic pose. Come back to the shoulder work from Chaturanga Dandasana.
  • Lift the heads of the shoulders away from the floor so that your upper and lower arms create a 90-degree angle.
  • Recall the idea of a taut rope being pulled in two directions.
  • Anchor the pose by pressing into your right big-toe-mound and then set sail with your sternum and the crown of your head.
  • You can use your breath to deepen the pose.
  • Inhale to find the mroe length along your lengthen your front body.
  • Exhale to rotate by taking your left leg farther to the right and your right leg farther to the left.
  • Take 5-6 breaths. Then, to come out, exhale and sweep your left leg back and into Chaturganga.
  • Maintain the integrity of your shoulders and the intention of staying long, head to toe.
  • While releasing slowly reverse the steps and place your toes on the ground.

Koundinyasana A Video

Please do watch the below video for better clarity on the asana version A on how to perform it.

Koundinyasana B Video

Please do watch the below video for better clarity on the asana version B on how to perform it.

Follow-up Asanas for Koundinyasana:

You can do Adho Mukha Shvanasana, Baddha Konasana, Halasana, Salambha Sirsasana, or Utkatasana after doing Koundinyasana.

Check out the details on how to do shirasasana.

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