The health benefits of Karnapidasana Knee to Ear Pose


When we start experiencing stiffness in our neck, backbone or shoulders, then it is a clear sign that something is wrong in the upper half of the body. This might be due to the endless hours of sitting before a computer, a bad-sitting posture or some kind of cramp at the workplace. But, if you allow this stiffness to persist, it might lead to severe consequences as you start getting older. However, by deciding to do an effective yoga called  Karnapidasana, you can keep any negative impact on health at bay.

health benefits of Karnapidasana

Karnapidasana comes under the intermediate to the advanced level poses and requires a few months of basic yoga practice before you try this extremely-effective asana. But, under the able guidance of a qualified instructor, you can definitely derive many health benefits of Karnapidasana.

Steps to do Karnapidasana

Literally speaking, Karnapidasana is actually a combination of three words where ‘Karna’ refers to ear, ‘Pida’ refers to the pressure, and ‘Asana’ means posture. Also called as the Raja Halasana (king plow pose), this pose can help you in dealing with various issues, including ear-related problems if you follow these steps in the right sequence:

Step 1: First of all, lie down on the back keeping your body and legs in a stretched position

Step 2: Now, put your hands on the yoga mat and keep it straight and parallel to the legs

Step 3: Then gently lift your legs in the upward direction. In the beginning, you can even bend the legs/knees to make the lifting process comfortable

Step 4: Further, try to lift the legs in the upward direction in order to push the legs towards your head. You can even take the help of your hands to lift the hips.

Step 5: Make sure that you have completely lifted and bent the waist in such a manner that your feet are now close to the head

Step 6: Now try to reach the full Halasana (Plow Pose), by bending your legs a little more at the waist. In this position, your feet should be touching the floor above your head

Step 7: Finally, keep the knees closer to your ears and stay in this pose for a few seconds before coming back to the original position

If you are new to yoga then make sure to learn the Halasana (Plough Pose) and Sarvangasana (shoulder stand pose) first before you start practicing the Karnapidasana.

Karnapidasana for a better life!

Below listed are the benefits of Knee to Ear Pose which you can expect within months of initiating the practice:

Strength in Neck and Shoulders: When you start doing the Karnapidasana, ample stretch in the neck, chest and shoulder muscles are observed. This eventually improves the blood circulation in this area and helps in making the muscles toned and stronger. Besides, you also start experiencing less pain in the shoulder and arms after doing this asana.

The Flexibility of the Spine: Practicing Karnapidasana can help you in getting a strong and flexible backbone. This happens because when you do this pose, the spine ample circulation backward that reduces the chances of a hunchback.

Improvement in Digestion: While doing the Knee to Ear Pose, you create a pressure on the stomach and inner intestine. This leads to the creation of stress hormones that further improves the overall functioning of the digestive system.

Reduction in Stress Level: Apart from the physical health, this asana is also beneficial for your cognitive state. To keep the stress level at the minimum, Karnapidasana is a good option as it increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain and helps in calming down your mind.

Once you have achieved a certain degree of confidence in doing this pose, you will be experiencing a better flow of blood in your upper half of the body. Apart from this, your overall concentration level is likely to increase as well.

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