SANSKRIT: Astavakrasana (AHSH-tak-vah-KRAHS-anah)
DESCRIPTION: Begin in Easy (Sukhāsana) pose, lift one knee up and make a shelf with the respective arm. Slip the shoulder underneath this knee until the knee rests high up on the back of the shoulder. Bend both elbows to a 90-degree angle and lean forward. Bring the other foot over to meet the first and hook the feet. Lean slightly towards the opposite side to place more weight on the corresponding side and begin to lift both feet off the ground. Extend both legs simultaneously leaning your torso forward and lowering it until it is parallel to the mat. Squeeze your upper arm between your thighs. Use that pressure to help twist your torso to the opposite side. Keep your elbows in close to the torso. Gaze is towards the ground.
BENEFITS: Strengthens arms, legs, core and wrists. Improves balance.