Dandayamana Janushirasana

Definition - What does Dandayamana Janushirasana mean?

Dandayamana janushirasana is a challenging balancing posture with a forward bend.

From standing, interlock the fingers of both hands and wrap them around the sole of one foot, lifting the foot and extending the leg straight until it is parallel to the ground. Then, fold forward until the head touches the knee.

The name of this pose comes from the Sanskrit, danda, meaning "stick" or "staff"; yamana, meaning “balancing” or “maintaining”; janu, meaning “knee”; shirsa, meaning “head”; and asana, which means “posture” or “pose.” In English, it is known as standing head-to-knee pose.

Dandayamana Janushirasana

Yogapedia explains Dandayamana Janushirasana

Dandayamana janushirasana is the fifth of the 26 poses used in Bikram yoga practice. In addition to improving balance and flexibility, dandayamana janushirasana:

  • Boosts concentration
  • Increases mental strength
  • Unifies the body and mind
  • Develops patience, determination and willpower
  • Builds confidence

Dandayamana janushirasana also is believed to activate the muladhara (root) chakra, which is associated with grounding and stabilizing energy; and the manipura (navel) chakra, which is associated with self-esteem and the power of transformation, as well as digestion and metabolism.

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