Standing Separate-Leg Stretching Pose

Definition - What does Standing Separate-Leg Stretching Pose mean?

Standing separate-leg stretching pose is a basic partial inversion that boosts circulation to the brain while increasing flexibility. It is the ninth posture in the Bikram yoga sequence of 26 asanas. It is also known by its Sanskrit name, dandayamana bibhaktapada paschimotthanasana.

Beginning in a basic standing position, the feet are stepped apart in a wide angle. The upper body then folds at the waist as the crown of the head drops toward the ground. The hands reach around the outside of each leg and grasp the heels, then rest the heels on all five fingers of each hand.

Standing separate-leg stretching pose is also known by its Sanskrit name, dandayamana bibhaktapada paschimotthanasana.

Standing Separate-Leg Stretching Pose

Yogapedia explains Standing Separate-Leg Stretching Pose

Standing separate-leg stretching pose stretches the entire spinal column, the hamstrings and the shoulders. The pose releases the lower back and may be beneficial for those suffering from sciatica. Standing separate-leg stretching pose has these additional benefits:

  • Increases circulation to the adrenal glands
  • Calms nervous system
  • Improves brain function
  • Stabilizes the emotions
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs and reproductive system
  • Eases constipation
  • Helps to ease depression and memory loss

For a less intense stretch, the hands can grasp the outside of the feet with all of the fingers.

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