Drills for Eka Pada Sirsasana

I recently had the privilege of practicing with Laruga Glaser for 2 weeks. What an inspiration! I attended all of her afternoon workshops on the Intermediate Series, and took copious notes.

One workshop focused on leg-behind-the-head postures from Intermediate, both Eka Pada and Dwi Pada Sirsasana. The good news is, Laruga swears that with enough practice and preparation via drills like the ones I demonstrate in this video, pretty much EVERYONE can find the hip opening needed for these challenging postures.  She didn’t say anything to the effect that some people will never be able to get their leg behind their neck due to physiological differences in the hip joint and angle/length of the neck of the femur….rather, according to her, with time and patience and drills like these, we can all not only do these postures, but maybe even come to enjoy them!

I hope you like the video! And let me know how it goes…

Hip Openers, Beginner to Advanced

 

Here’s a quick but logical progression from the very basic hip-opening posture called Agni Stambasana (or as my teacher John Scott somewhat jokingly calls it, Agony Stambasana), through to the more advanced Eka Pada Sirsasana. Please please don’t try to put your foot behind your head unless you’ve been taught how to do so by a qualified teacher, hopefully mid-practice, in the context of an ongoing Ashtanga practice. Just use these cues to work where it’s comfortable and beneficial for you. I hope some of the tips on Eka Pada can come in handy when you’re nice and warm and approaching the posture in the sequence of your daily  practice.

And here’s the progression to Eka Pada Sirsasana: