Karnapidasana

“Ear Pressure Pose”

This pose is my happy place.  First of all, it comes at the near-end of the Ashtanga Primary series.  After an hour and half of stretching, pulling, reaching, toning, breathing, 15826527_10100672960763116_7309471172155200700_nand sweating… this pose is just the cherry on top of the cake.  I feel safe.  The world is quietly shut away, by putting light pressure around the ears.  In this pose, your spine is elongated and all of the vertebrae are cleansed.  Your buttocks, arms, and thighs tone.  It stimulates and cleanses the abdominal organs and thyroid gland.  It can ease symptoms of menopause, help with infertility, insommnia, hypertension, sinusitis, and backache.  In can gradually strengthen your lungs and help with asthma.  It stretches your spine and shoulders.  It reduces stress and gives you a sense of tranquility.  In order to do this pose you should be comfortable doing Halasana (plow pose) and Sarvangasana (shoulder stand pose).  This pose is intermediate to advanced so should be done for the first time with a teacher.

Karna (ear)

Pida (pain)

Asana (posture)

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