An Easy Guide to Bhujapidasana, or Shoulder Pressing Pose
Bhujapidasana, or Shoulder Pressing Pose, is the perfect arm balance for beginners. As this pose relies more on precise positioning than pure arm strength, it’s a safe and easy way for yogis to practice the sensation of lifting the body, before they move on to more difficult balances and asana.
Bhujapidasana will strengthen the hands and wrists and the abdominal muscles.
Soon you'll be hanging out in this pose, rocking back and forth and feeling light and spacious - we like to think of it as Human Hammock Pose.
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How to do Bhujapidasana, or Shoulder Pressing Pose, in easy steps
Stand in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) with your feet about two feet apart.
Lean forward and over, bending the legs into a wide-knee squat.
Place the palms on the floor outside the feet.
Rest the backs of the thighs as high as possible on the upper arms, between the shoulders and elbows.
Lean forward and bring the body weight onto the hands.
Exhale and begin to raise the heels from the floor. Next, cross the feet at the ankles. (Try to alternate the cross each time you do the pose).
Press the palms into the floor and raise the feet higher.
Bring the upper body upright and look forwards.
Straighten the arms.
Stay in this position as long as comfortable, breathing normally. Rock back and forth if you can.
To release, exhale and uncross the ankles and bring the feet to the floor one at a time.
Bring the hands up from the floor and come back to standing in Mountain Pose.
Yoga pose category: Weight on hands
If you’re struggling with balancing, try resting a yoga block underneath your buttocks to provide extra support. With daily practice and dedication, you’ll build up your arm strength and be stable enough to hold the pose without the block.
Sanskrit words meaning:
Bhuja - shoulder
Pida - pressure
Asana - pose
Yoga pose health benefits:
Like all yoga poses, Bhujapidasana has many health benefits. Use it to help with the following health conditions:
Yoga pose contraindications:
Don’t practice Bhujapidasana if you have any of the following health conditions:
Lower back injury
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