Asana of the Month

Asana of The Month: God of War (skandasana)

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Skanda is the Hindu God of War. There are several asanas and variations with the same name. A simpler skandasana is a combination squat with leg side stretch. This skandasana pose is included in B.K.S Iyengar’s Light on Yoga.

English Name: God of War

Sanskrit Name: Skandasana

Difficulty Level: 7

Start Position: Staff

Instructions:

Step 1.

Take your left leg and place it behind your head.

Step 2.

Bend forward over your right leg. Extend both arms and grab your left wrist with your right hand

Step 3.

Hold the pose as long as it feels comfortable.

Physical Benefits

  • Opens the hips
  • Stretches the hamstring and spine
  • Improves knee and hip flexibility
  • Tones abdominal organs

Mental Benefits

  • Reduces stress
  • Improves focus

Contraindications

  • Injured coccyx
  • Knee or groin injury