Achieving steadiness of body and mind is the primary aim of yoga. A steady body is home for health, vitality and efficiency. Neuromuscular coordination and concentration of mind enables this steadiness. There are yogic techniques with simple steps that harmonize the body and mind together. Ekpadasana is one such technique.
-Stand with your feet together and hands by your side.
-Using your hands, lift your right leg laterally and press the sole of your foot against the left thigh as high as you can, the heel preferably close to the groin and toes pointing down. For those who cannot lift their legs so high, avoid placing the foot against the knees but rest the foot, wherever comfortable, against the thigh. -Balance your body weight on the right leg. -Once balance is achieved, join both your palms in a prayer pose. Breathe normally. -Maintain the pose for a few seconds. If your body sways or you tend to lose balance, try to fix your gaze at one point ahead. -Bring your leg down and repeat the same procedure with the opposite leg -Gradually increase the timing of remaining in the posture from a few seconds to one minute with each leg. -Release your hands and bring down your leg to stand with your feet together and hands at the sides.
The asana strengthens the muscles of legs and spine, improves your body balance, endurance and alertness. Isometric contraction strengthens your muscle more efficiently and also strengthens the bone it is attached to. It develops your sense of equilibrium and sharpens your awareness and concentration.