Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimottanasana

Definition - What does Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimottanasana mean?

Dandayamana bibhaktapada paschimottanasana is a simple standing upper-body inversion that calms the nervous system. In Bikram yoga, it is the ninth of the 26 asanas.

From standing, step the feet wide, then bend at the waist, letting the head drop toward the ground between the legs. Wrap the arms outside of the legs with the elbows bent and grab the heels, resting the heels atop the fingers.

In English, this asana is called standing separate-leg stretching pose.

Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimottanasana

Yogapedia explains Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimottanasana

As an inversion, dandayamana bibhaktapada paschimottanasana is believed to activate the sahasrara (crown) chakra, which is associated with enlightenment. It represents the connection with the higher Self, or the Divine.

In addition to its range of physical benefits — including increased flexibility and circulation — dandayamana bibhaktapada paschimottanasana offers these benefits:

  • Improves functioning of the brain and memory
  • Provides a new perspective (as an inversion)
  • Stabilizes the emotions
  • Boosts confidence
  • Increases focus
  • Eases depression
  • Calms the mind and promotes relaxation
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