Take the Yoga challenge: Can you do one of the most difficult yoga poses?

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New Delhi: Yoga is one of India’s most ancient practices that has gained love and popularity all around the world, for all the right reasons. People have used Yoga to get rid of, or prevent physical ailments, but also to train their mind, feel better, and reduce stress. Perhaps in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic, yoga has proven rather fruitful for people in helping them build immunity, and keep their mind at peace.

However, most people assume that yoga is not just effective, but also extremely easy. How difficult can breathing in and breathing out in a systematic pattern be? Or how much flexibility and agility can it take to twist your hands and legs around a little bit? One must know that yoga is way more than that – it is a culmination of the mind and the body working together, but at the same time, it can be challenging as well. Here is one such Yoga pose that is considered very difficult, and can only be achieved after a lot of practice. It, however, has a lot of benefits that make it worth it.

Difficult Yoga Asana – How to perform the 8-angle pose

For the uninitiated, this is what the final pose looks like.

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To perform the Eight-Angle Pose –

  • Place a yoga block on the centre of your yoga mat, and place your hip on it. Extend both your legs outwards.
  • Cross your ankles by bringing the bottom ankle on top of the other.
  • Move one arm through the knot you created with the crossed legs, and place the palm on the floor.
  • Keep the other palm in line with the first one, on the other side, outside the knot.
  • Bending forward with your weight on your arms, turning them into a 90-degree angle, lift your legs off the mat.
  • If you can and want to, you can lift your body off the block as well to get better results from the pose.
  • Keep your gaze towards the legs.
  • Hold the pose for as long as you can, or 5-10 seconds, and then come back to the initial position, slowly.

The benefits of the 8-angle pose

The Eight-angle pose, also known as Astavakrasana has the following benefits –

  • It strengthens the arms.
  • It tones and works up the muscles in the abdomen, or the core muscles, which can help aid digestion and weight loss.
  • It helps improve balance and focus.
  • It helps relieve stress and anxiety.
  • Menopausal symptoms, PMS symptoms among women can be taken care of with this pose.

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