Yoga Pose: One Legged Wheel
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Yoga Pose: One Legged Wheel

Fine art nude photograph of a yoga instructor demonstrating Eka Pāda Ūrdhva Dhanurāsana in my Los Angeles studio. 

Also known as the One Legged Wheel, this pose called the Eka Pāda Ūrdhva Dhanurāsana strengthens your abs, arms, buttocks, legs, spine, and wrists.

As one of the most commonly practiced back-bend poses, this is essentially a Upward-Facing Bow Pose on one leg with three points of contact to the yoga mat.

This photographic portrait was created to celebrate the subject's fitness achievement through the artistic medium of fine art nude photography.


To emulate this pose yourself, first move into the Wheel Pose (aka Upward-Facing Bow Pose).
Next, grip the floor with your fingertips and make sure your feet are parallel. Then, attempt to shorten your base by moving your hands and feet slightly closer to each other. If you experience any discomfort, move your hands and feet farther apart. 
Before lifting a leg, move the opposite leg a bit closer to your head to account for the balance change that will occur when you lift your leg. 
Start by lifting your foot a few inches off the ground and then continue lifting your leg as far as you feel comfortable. 
Ideally, at the end of this pose both of your hands should evenly support your weight and your supporting leg should be perpendicular to your lifted leg.

This pose can be practiced in sweats, yoga pants, or while wearing nothing at all. Naked or clothed, the choice is up to you.

1/60; f/11.0; ISO 100; 100.0 mm.