Bhujapidasana (Arm Pressure) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Bhujapidasana (Arm Pressure Pose)
  • Naming Confusion: In some cases, this may be called Shoulder Pressing Pose. However, the translation is Arm Pressure Pose. Eka Hasta Bhujasana (translated as Leg Over Shoulder) is also sometimes called Shoulder Pressing Pose.
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.



“bhuja” = arm

“pida” = pressure

Arm Pressure Pose

Heart of Pose

  • Arm Balance


  • There are many variations, ways of moving into pose and intermediate steps that can be used as stopping points.
  • The full pose is expressed differently by different sources; we’ve noted some of the different ways of teaching the pose in Basic Form (menu above).
  • Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose) can be used to prepare the hips and back.
  • Beryl Bender Birch notes that Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose) is a counterpose for Bhujapidasana. In Baddha Konasana “you are pressing the thighs out and down, thus stretching the adductors and working or contracting the abductors, just the opposite of what you did in [Bhujapidasana].” (Power Yoga 1995 p 175)

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