Eka Pada Koundinyasana II – The Desire to do Your Best

Eka Pada Koundinyasana II (EPK II) is a bent-arm arm balance from the yoga asana family. In this practice Dav will break down the application of EPK II with fundamental practice tips, strength based movements and postures which mobilise and bring increased range to the hip joint.

What is Eka Pada Koundinyasana II ?

Eka Pada Koundinyasana II, also known as the “Flying Splits” pose, is a posture from the arm-balance family in the yoga asana practice. EPK II is a bent-arm hand balance with a similar position in the arms as Chaturanga Dandasana. The legs are positioned with the front leg outstretched and resting on one of the bent arms. The other leg extends back in space.

Benefits of Eka Pada Koundinyasana II

Benefits Explanations
Strengthens the Arms and Wrists Practising this pose builds strength in the arms and wrists as you support your body weight with your hands.
Improves Balance Challenges the practitioner to balance on the hands with a close synthesis between strong arms and flexible hips.
Increases Focus Concentrating on holding the pose helps increase mental focus and concentration.
Enhances Core Stability Engages and strengthens the core muscles, which are crucial for overall stability and balance.
Stretches the Legs and Hips Stretches the muscles in the legs and hips, increasing flexibility and range of motion.
Builds Confidence Mastering a challenging pose like this can boost your confidence in your yoga practice and daily life.


1. What is Eka Pada Koundinyasana mythology?

Eka Pada Koundinyasana mythology is inspired by the sage Koundinya, known for his extraordinary dedication and focus in his spiritual journey.

2. Can this class help with stress relief?

Nearly all of Dav Jones Yoga classes bring a defined focus on the breath and being present during the experience of the practice. This practice intention can help to reduce stress levels.

3. What preparation is recommended before attending Eka Pada Koundinyasana II?

During the practice Dav sufficiently warms up the body in preparation for the peak pose of EPK II which features towards the end of the practice.

4. What common mistakes should I avoid in Eka Pada Koundinyasana II?

Sufficient warm-up is required in preparation for and practice of Eka Pada Koundinyasana II.

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