Eka pada galavasana is one of my favorite asanas. “Eka” means one. “Pada” means a leg. “Galava” is a name of a sage ( B. K. S. Iyengar: 1979, 327).
If you read how mr. Iyengar does this, he would perform Salamba Sirsasana first with head on the floor. The biggest challenge is to conquer the fear of falling ahead, which may happen to those who learn bakasana or bird pose.
My method may be not really safe for everyone especially beginners and Iyengar’s method is safer. But if you want to get the pose higher, my method will help. Remember always to activate your ‘tiger claws’ to evenly spread or distribute the body weight on the palms. Engage all the core muscles, and floint! Flointing which means a combination of flexing and pointing is the best way to straighten and keep the legs active all the time without making them look less graceful or less artistic when photographed. Have fun with your yoga practice and be safe. Namaste…
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