Karnapidasana | Ear Press Pose

What is Karnapidasana? (Kar-na-pid-as-ana)

Karnapidasana is a yoga pose that falls under the category of inverted postures. It involves lying on your back, lifting your legs over your head, and bringing your knees towards your ears while supporting your lower back with your hands. The name “Karnapidasana” is derived from two Sanskrit words: “Karna,” meaning ear, and “Pida,” meaning pressure. This asana is often referred to as the “Ear Press Pose” due to the gentle pressure it places on the ears.

Type of Pose: A variation of Halasana

Benefits of Karnapidasana

1. Spinal Flexibility: Karnapidasana provides an excellent stretch to the spine, improving its flexibility and alignment.

2. Stress Reduction: As an inverted posture, Karnapidasana has a calming effect on the nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety.

3. Improved Digestion: This asana stimulates the digestive organs, helping to alleviate common gastrointestinal issues.

4. Toned Abdominals: The pressure on the abdomen during Karnapidasana helps strengthen and tone the core muscles.

5. Enhanced Blood Circulation: By reversing blood flow, this pose can improve circulation throughout the body.

6. Mental Clarity: Practicing Karnapidasana can promote mental clarity and relaxation, making it an excellent addition to your daily routine.

Contraindications/Cautions

• See Halasana

Step by Step

1. Start in Halasana (with toes touching the floor).

2. Exhale, bend the legs and lower the knees by the ears, on either side of the head.

3. Hug the arms around the backside of the knees and press the knees lightly to the ears. This is Karnapidasana. In this position there will be ample blood circulation in the pelvic girdle. Stay in this pose for 30-60 seconds.

4. To return to starting position, slowly bring the hands to support the low back. Straighten the knees and come back to Halasana.

Beginner’s Tip
: This pose is for students who are able to touch the floor with their toes in Halasana. If the student has limited flexibility they should keep their hands on their low back with bent knees until they are able to lower their knees enough to feel stable in the full posture. This will help them stay in the posture without rolling out.

Start Your Journey Today

Discover the profound benefits of Karnapidasana by incorporating it into your regular yoga practice. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just beginning your journey, this asana can enhance your well-being, both physically and mentally.

Don’t hesitate to explore the incredible world of Karnapidasana and experience the transformative power of the Ear Press Pose. Embrace it as a valuable addition to your yoga routine and start reaping its numerous rewards today!

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