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Fallen Angel Pose

How to get into the pose:
To get into Fallen Angel, start from tadasana and bend the knees, twisting the upper body and placing the hands on the mat to the right of you (as if you were entering side crow). Press into the hands and lift the hips up. Bend the elbows to create a Caturanga sensation in the arms and twist the knees to bring the knees onto the upper left arm.  Lift the hips and slowly lift one leg and then the other off the floor. Lean the body weight forward and place the right temple onto the ground in front of you. In this position straighten the top leg. If you’d like a bit more of a challenge, you can slowly start to lift the head off the floor using the core strength. (See a mini tutorial here)

Common Errors in the pose:
Not leaning far forward enough – the head will not get down to the floor and it will be very difficult to lift the legs. Without leaning forward and creating a deep bend in the arms, there is no shelf for the knees to rest on which makes the posture much more challenging.

Benefits of the pose:

  • Strengthens the wrists and arms
  • Tones the abdominal region
  • Strengthens the obliques through the side twist
  • Increases focus and concentration
  • Improves balance