Arm-pressing pose (Bhujapidasana)
Leaping like a frog to come into Bhujapidasana (Arm Pressure Pose), can give you a sense of lightness and encourages you to approach challenging arm balances with a sense of playfulness.
Benefits of the Arm-pressing pose (Bhujapidasana):
Bhujapidasana tones the muscles of your arms. Your hip becomes suppler as it is also under pressure. This asana keeps you away from ailments like sciatica, slipped disc and other back and hip related ailments. While performing this asana the abdominal muscles are also under pressure and are nourished.
How to perform the Arm-pressing pose (Bhujapidasana):
- Squat with your feet a little less than shoulder width apart, knees wide.
- Tilt your torso forward between your inner thighs. Keeping your torso low, raise your hips until your thighs become parallel to the floor.
- Snug your upper left arm and shoulder as much as possible under the back of your left thigh just above the knee, and place your left hand on the floor at the outside edge of your left foot, fingers pointing forward. Then repeat on the right. As you do this your upper back will round.
- Press your inner hands firmly against the floor and slowly begin to rock your weight back, off your feet and onto your hands. As you straighten your arms, your feet will lift lightly off floor, not by raw strength but by carefully shifting your center of gravity.
- Squeeze your outer arms with your inner thighs, and cross your right ankle over your left ankle. Look straight ahead. Hold for 30 seconds, then bend your elbows and lightly release your feet back to the floor with an exhale.
- Repeat the pose a second time with the left ankle on top.
Durations/Repetitions of the Arm-pressing pose (Bhujapidasana):
Hold the posture for 30 seconds or uptill you are comfortable. Repeat twice.
Difficulty Level and Advancement of the Arm-pressing pose (Bhujapidasana):
Bhujapidasana is a difficulty level 8 asana recommended for advanced level yoga practitioner.