Astavakrasana (Eight Angle) & Eka Hasta Bhujasana (Leg Over Shoulder / Shoulder Pressing) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Astavakrasana (Eight Angle Pose), and related poses such as Eka Hasta Bhujasana (Leg Over Shoulder Pose)
  • Naming Confusion: Eka Hasta Bhujasana is sometimes called Shoulder Pressing Pose but also, Bhujapidasana is sometimes referred to as Shoulder Pressing Pose. We refer to Bhujapidasana as Arm Pressure Pose (only), but elsewhere you may see Shoulder Pressing Pose used for that asana or for Eka Hasta Bhujasana.
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; and more teaching considerations.


“asta” = eight

“vakra” = bent, curved

Eight Angle Pose

Eka Hasta Bhujasana

(Eh-kah Ha-stah Boo-JAS-ah-nah)

“eka” = one

“hasta” = hand

“bhuja” =arm

Leg Over Shoulder Pose

Also known as: One Leg Over Arm Pose, Elephant’s Trunk Pose & Shoulder Pressing Pose

Heart of Poses

  • Asymmetrical Arm Balance

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