The Benefits of Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana

Posted April 19th, 2018 by admin under Recommended Materials.

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana is believed to symbolize saluting of the divine force within us all, as stated by B.K.S. Iyengar.  As you can see in both the supported and classic version of the pose, this backbend is fairly intense. The shoulders are very open, the spine is in full extension (including the cervical spine of the neck), and the hip flexors are getting stretched as well.

 

Why should we do poses like this inverted stick pose?

Back bends are performed in our yoga practice to keep the spine erect and supple.  By working against gravity, we are also working against the rounding of of the spine that comes with age.  Because backbends open the chest and the heart, they’re also thought to ward off depression.

We can make this pose more accessible by using props such as chairs and bolsters so that these incredible benefits can be shared with everyone.


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