Dwi pada viparita dandasana not only stretches the spine, but is a chest and hip opener. Because it is a more advanced asana, the practitioner should first master urdhva dhanurasana and one of the headstand asanas.
Traditionally, this asana is thought to open the anahata (heart) chakra. Opening anahata is associated with compassion, acceptance, peace, self-esteem and love.
Practicing dwi pada viparita dandasana also has the following benefits:
- Boosts concentration and focus
- Soothes the mind and body
- Improves posture by enhancing flexibility and elasticity
- Stretches and strengthens the back, neck, arm and leg muscles
- Enhances core stability, balance and endurance