Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Janushirasana

Definition - What does Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Janushirasana mean?

A basic standing posture, dandayamana bibhaktapada janushirasana includes a forward bend that stretches the spine and improves blood flow to the brain. This asana is 10th of the 26 postures that comprise Bikram yoga practice.

From standing, one foot is stepped forward. The arms raise overhead with the hands in prayer position, then the upper body folds over the extended straight leg. The hand touches the ground in front of the foot.

In English, this asana is called standing separate-leg head-to-knee pose.

Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Janushirasana

Yogapedia explains Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Janushirasana

Dandayamana bibhaktapada janushirasana is therapeutic for depression, helps memory and improves focus.

The pose is believed to activate the vishuddha (throat) chakra, which is associated with speech and communication. As the first of the three spiritual chakras, vishuddha promotes a higher form of authentic communication. An open vishuddha chakra allows the yogi to speak truthfully with confidence. This chakra also is the passageway through which energy flows from the lower chakras to the upper, spiritual energy centers.

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