Getting into the grasshopper pose (Maksikanagasana in Sanskrit) can be difficult for even the most experienced yogi. Mastering this arm balance is not impossible by any means but does require much strength and control in both the upper body and thighs. More importantly, grasshopper requires concentration and confidence. It is a pose that will challenge both your physical and mental fitness, so it is the perfect addition to even the most advanced yogi’s practice. To get into this challenging pose, follow the steps below.
Start by standing with feet flush together. Cross your right leg over your left so that your right foot rests on your left knee. Bend your standing (left) leg and push your tailbone back as if you are sitting in a chair. Then lean your entire body slightly forward, keeping your back flat. Bring hands to prayer position at your sternum.