Eka Hasta Bhujasana or Eka Pada Bhujasana (Elephant Trunk Pose)

English Name(s)
Eka Hasta Bhujasana, Eka Pada Bhujasana, Elephant Trunk Pose
Sanskrit
Pronunciation
Eh-kah Ha-stah Boo-JAS-ah-nah
Meaning
eka: “one”
hasta: “hand”
bhuja: “arm”
āsana: “posture”

Physical Benefits

Eka Hasta Bhujasana (Eh-kah Ha-stah Boo-JAS-ah-nah) strengthens the wrists, arms and shoulders, strengthens the core and opens the hips.

Energetic Benefits

Eka Hasta Bhujasana improves overall flexibility and balance. This pose allows you to connect to your upper and lower halves and it awakens the Manipura (Solar Plexus/Naval) Chakra, which is your energy center. This energizes the body and mind.

Contraindications

Avoid or modify this pose if you have wrist, arm, shoulder, spinal or hip injuries. Those with high blood pressure and women who are pregnant should avoid this pose.

Going into the Pose

Meera Watts
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes, and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa, and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali), and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).

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