Accessible Arm Balances: 2 Ways to Prop Eka Pada Koundinyasana II

Updated: Jul 11

By Allison Ray Jeraci

Photo by Andrea Killam

Yoga International



Eka pada koundinyasana II (one-legged Sage Koundinya’s pose II, sometimes known as “flying splits”) is an arm balance that challenges the practitioner’s body and mind at every moment. One way to make this pose more accessible is to use props.


Propping eka pada koundinyasana II always brings to mind one of my favorite quotes by the author André Gide: “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” In order for these propped versions to be successful, we need to lose sight of how we normally come into the pose or how we typically work it. Versatility allows the body to map new entries into asanas, and it opens the mind to new possibilities of what the body can do.


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