Lolasana (Pendant), Tolasana (Scale). Kukkutasana (Cock / Rooster) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Lolasana (Pendant), Tolasana (Scale), and related poses such as Kukkutasana (Cock / Rooster Pose)
  • 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.



lola” = dangling (like an earring), moving to and fro, tremulous, quake

Pendant Pose



“tola” = scale, pair of scales, balance, poising one’s self

Scale Pose

Heart of Poses

  • Arm Balance

Historical Roots

Lolasana Was Once Known As Jhula

According to yoga researcher N.E. Sjoman, [Lolasana] was once known as jhula (“to swing” in Hindi) and belonged to a system of Indian gymnastics described in the early text “Light on Exercise” (Vyayama Dipika). The Mysore Palace’s yoga teacher, T. Krishnamacharya… used the classic text and probably rechristened jhula and other exercises, elevating them to asana status and changing the face of traditional yoga forever. – Richard Rosen, Yoga Journal, Want Cut Arms? Try Pendant Pose  link

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