Eka Pada Koundinyasana II – Sage Koundinya Pose 2
February’s Pose of the Month is eka pada 2 (picture is B.K.S Iyengar demonstrating the pose) and it’s also one of my favourite poses. I think (at least in this moment) that eka pada 2 is my favourite arm/hand balance. I used to find this pose SO challenging, I found that my back leg weighed about a million pounds and there was NO way I could get lift off. Then one day, I went to practice, it was a really somber and sad day, so I just went to one of my favourite teachers’ classes to have my own time by myself to practice with no expectations. This particular teacher always leads a pretty strong and sweaty class and just happened to be teaching eka pada 2 that day. I fully expected to find that same issue of my back leg weighing a million pounds, but I surprisingly got lift off. It was SO exhilarating that I momentarily forgot about the gloominess of that day (which, I mean, is the ultimate goal of yoga right? To live in the present moment and not get caught up in the past or future. So much easier said than done, but feels amazing when it actually works out!). I have to say that I got addicted to the pose from that day forward. At first this pose for me would last a couple of seconds, the back leg would just hover above the ground as would my chin. Eventually I found myself being able to soar in this pose. I can totally hang out in this asana for at least five deep, calm breaths now, probably even longer if I tried. I love the counter balance of the legs being forward and back. I love all the ways you can transition into and out of this pose. I love the look and feel of this pose. Basically I LOVE everything about eka pada 2!!