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Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow), Dwi Pada Koundinyasana, Eka Pada Koundinyasana I, Grasshopper / Dragonfly – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow), and similar poses such as Dwi Pada Koundinyasana (Two Legged Koundinya’s), Eka Pada Koundinyasana I (Pose Dedicated to Sage Koundinya) and Parsva Bhuja Dandasana / Maksikanagasana (Grasshopper / Dragonfly 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.
  • Note: Of the Koundinyasana poses, here we include Dwi Pada Koundinyasana and Eka Pada Koundinyasana I. Because Eka Pada Koundinyasana II (Flying Splits) is not a twist like the poses found here, you will find it covered with Tittibhasana (Firefly Pose).

Parsva Bakasana

PARSH-vah bahk-AHS-anna

“parsva” = side

“bakasana” = crane or crow

Side Crow Pose

Dwi Pada Koundinyasana

“dwi” = two

“pada” = leg or foot

“Koundinya” = name of Sage

Two Legged Koundinya’s Pose

Eka Pada Koundinyasana I

“eka” = one

“pada” = leg or foot

“Koundinya” = name of Sage

Pose Dedicated to Sage Koundinya

Eka Pada Koundinyasana II is also known as Flying Splits and is covered here.

Parsva Bhuja Dandasana

Grasshopper or Dragonfly Pose

Also known as: Maksikanagasana

Heart of Pose

  • Arm Balance
  • Twist

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