Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1 | Fitness and Yoga

The weather has cooled down considerably in Sydney. A relief from heatwaves that had turned me into a puddle of sweat. I can spot some new growth in my garden too.

Ek Pada Koundinyasana 1 Yoga Pose

I completed 9 months of the postpartum journey in January. It is an exciting time for us as our baby has started taking his first steps. The look on his face as he lets go of the chair and walks towards us is priceless.

Another major highlight of January was holding Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1 yoga pose, which I had been trying for many many months.

Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1

Earlier, I could barely stay in this pose for one breath, but it feels unbelievable to be able to hold it for several seconds. I had even written about my funny encounter with the pose here – Hook Knee in the shoulder – Whaattt. This is how I go into Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1 or A

This pose requires both hip flexibility and upper body strength. You can read this post to learn how to do Koundinyasana 1. I had been working on increasing my core strength for handstands. Feels like holding this pose is a welcome side effect 🙂

It did take a lot of self-motivation to consistently practice yoga as the weather was incredibly hot and humid. I mean, the idea of lying on the couch felt more tempting than doing arm balance when the temperature soared to 45-degree Celcius.

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14 thoughts on “Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1 | Fitness and Yoga

  1. Wow this takes a lot of skill motivation and preparation! How long exactly did it take for you to master this specific move? I can’t believe how amazingly fit you are for under a year postpartum!

  2. I’m glad the weather has cooled down for you. Your baby sure is making progress at a fast clip. Just like his mama. 🙂 Awesome stamina and control! 👏👏👏

  3. Well done on your fitness journey
    You’re doing really good. So proud of you Raj! Congratulations to both of you for your baby’s milestones. It reminded me of the time when my son first started walking..those moments are beautiful and priceless.

  4. Oh my goodness, not only did you perfect this pose but you did it during a heat wave? That shows your incredible dedication. I take my hat off to you, Rajlakshmi. And your baby is learning to take his first steps as he watches you… how precious and beautiful is that?

  5. Congratulations to both of you and lil champ for taking the steps towards a new milestone achievement. You must be so proud of him. And we are so proud of your fitness journey. You are simply amazing, Raj!

  6. You are one amazing woman, Rajlakshmi! The more I see your yoga posts, the more I’m in awe of you and your core strength and flexibility and how effortless those postures look when you do them. You have a natural grace and ease that adds to the effect, Raj! Keep sharing and keep inspiring us, as you always do.

    Wish you a happy #ww and an amazing week ahead, Raj!

  7. You are super awesome, Raj, if I haven’t said so already. You should start a course for new mothers to get back their health and shape. Seriously.

  8. Oh my! I’m terribly glad the heat is lifting for you a bit. And, wow, what an amazing yoga pose. Part of it reminds me of Crow, a pose I am afraid to try again, as I lost my balance and ended up falling on my nose. It was at Christmas time so I ended up telling people that I now call Crow by a new name: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Crow.

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