Chaturanga Dandasana

Definition - What does Chaturanga Dandasana mean?

Chaturanga dandasana is a yoga asana in which the body is held parallel to the ground, face down, supported by the hands and toes, with the elbows at right angles. It can be modified by lowering the knees when necessary. This is a good pose for developing the strength and awareness of alignment needed for other yoga asanas.

The name comes from the Sanskrit root words catur, meaning “four,” anga, meaning “limb,” danda, meaning “staff,” and asana, meaning “posture.”

Chaturanga dandasana is also referred to as four-limbed staff pose.

Yogapedia explains Chaturanga Dandasana

Chaturanga dandasana is a challenging pose, particularly for beginners, as it requires strength, whole body alignment and coordination. It can, therefore, be a good posture to help students learn how to balance effort and surrender in the posture. In turn, seeking this balance can teach concentration and focus, or dharana.

Chaturanga dandasana can also help students connect with their inner strength and energy. It may challenge those who lack self belief; however, one may overcome such negative self perceptions as this pose is thought to stimulate the manipura chakra, which promotes confidence and self-esteem.

Fnally, this asana forms part of the surya namaskara sequence in Vinyasa yoga.

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter