Elephant Trunk Pose (Eka Hasta Bhujasana)
Elephant Trunk Pose is an advanced, asymmetric, arm-balancing posture that will help to strengthen your arms, shoulders, and core muscles. It’s a variation of Shoulder Pressure Pose (Bhujapidasana) and it will help you build strength, flexibility, and balance.
Strengthens arms, shoulders, and abdominal muscles
Stretches hips and groin muscles
Wrist, shoulder, or hip injuries
Try lifting with the lower leg tucked in rather than extended out in front.
Place a block under your extended heel to help lift the leg.
Use two blocks under your hands to lift yourself higher off the ground. This also helps with taking pressure off of the wrists.
Warm-up wrists, hips, and shoulders
From a seated position, bend your knee and cradle leg into your chest to make a seated pigeon.
Rock your leg side to side to warm up your hip joint
Start to bring your leg behind your shoulder like putting on the strap of a backpack
Once your leg is on your shoulder, squeeze hamstrings to keep the leg in place
Place hands on the mat beside hips
Inhale, bring head slightly forward
Exhale, lift hips, and extended leg away from the mat. Point toes and engage core muscles.