Utpluti Dandasana

Definition - What does Utpluti Dandasana mean?

Utpluti dandasana is an advanced balancing yoga asana that requires arm, shoulder and core strength.

From a simple seated position with legs extended (dandasana), the palms of the hands are placed alongside the thighs with the elbows bent. With the palms pushing into the floor, the arms are straightened, lifting the body off the ground.

The name comes from the Sanskrit utpluti, meaning “lifted” or “floating”; danda, meaning “staff” or “stick”; and asana, meaning “pose” or “posture.” The English name of this asana is floating stick pose or floating staff pose. It is also sometimes known as Brahmacharyasana, or celibate's pose, although a different seated asana is also associated with this name.

Yogapedia explains Utpluti Dandasana

Utpluti dandasana is one of the variations of danasana, a seated asana in which the back is straight, the legs are extended and the hips are at a 90-degree angle. All danasana variations are energizing, but the more advanced utpluti danasana is an important pose for conserving sexual energy for spiritual purposes.

Traditionally, this utpluti dandasana is thought to open the muladhara (root) chakra. Opening this chakra is associated with physical and emotional grounding, providing energy, inner stability and balance.

The asana also has the following benefits: improves circulation and digestion, increases mental focus, and improves sexual relations.

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