From BKS Iyengar's "Light on Yoga", The Valakhilya were heavenly spirits the size of a thumb, produced from the Creator's Body. They are said to precede the Sun's chariot and to number sixty thousand. They are referred to in Kalidasa's epic poem Raghuvansa. This difficult asana is a continuation of Eka Pada Rajakapotasana I. Do not attempt it until you have mastered Eka Pada Rajakapotasana I and can perform the latter comfortably and gracefully.
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