About Karnapidasana:

“Karna” means ear and “pida” means pressurising. Karnapidasana is an intermediate type of posture that can be practiced by a beginner with a little effort. It is an extension of “plough pose” or Halasana. Karnapidasana is practiced by lying on the yoga mat, then raising the legs by bringing the feet behind the head. At the same time, the legs are bent at knees to touch the ears.

How to practice Karnapidasana:

  • Lie on your back on the floor
  • Place your hands on both sides
  • Inhale and raise the legs slowly
  • Exhale and bring your feet above your head
  • Now, bend your knees so that they touch your ears
  • Clasp your fingers
  • Remain in this position for a comfortable duration

Physical benefits:

  • Stretches the arms and shoulders
  • Flexes the back and leg muscles
  • If the wrists are clasped in the final position, the wrists become flexible
  • Good stretch for the spine and neck
  • Makes the ankles flexible

Spiritual benefits:

  • Inverted postures always help the seeker by calming the mind down
  • It is also good for controlling the negative thoughts
  • As it affects the throat chakra, clarity of words starts manifesting


  • Better not to practice this asana if you have any leg/spine/back injury
  • People suffering with severe back pain should not try this asana
  • People with any kind of neck/shoulder injury should not try this asana

Health Benefits:

  • Good for the digestive organs in the body
  • Stimulates the thyroid glands and nervous system
  • Helps to get relief from stress and fatigue
  • Inverted postures are good in controlling diabetes to a great extent
  • Helps in preventing back pain

Tips for beginners:

  • Mastery over Halasana (Plough pose) or Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand pose) helps one to practice this asana
  • Try without bringing the feet to the floor. Gradually you can place the feet completely on the floor and then put pressure on the ears.

Chakras related with Karnapidasana:

  • Vishudhi (Throat) Chakra
  • Manipura (Solar Plexus) Chakra
  • Swadhishtana (Sacral) Chakra