Dwi Pada Sirsasana

Definition - What does Dwi Pada Sirsasana mean?

Dwi pada sirasana is a seated yoga posture that requires flexibility and balance and is part of the intermediate series of Ashtanga yoga. The name of this pose is derived from four Sanskrit words - dwi, meaning “two,” pada, which means “feet,” sir, meaning “head” and asana, meaning “pose” or “posture.”

From a seated position with the legs in front, each foot is wrapped around the shoulders and behind the head, with the weight balancing on the sitting bones. The hands are placed in prayer position.

In English, dwi pada sirasana is known as "feet behind the head pose."

Yogapedia explains Dwi Pada Sirsasana

Traditionally, dwi pada sirasana is believed to open the svadhisthana (sacral) chakra, known as the center of creative and sexual energy. Activating this chakra through the practice of dwi pada sirasana is a way to connect to the concept of self-knowledge and inner truth, because svadisthana is connected to the emotions that affect intimacy, relationships and acceptance, particularly of oneself. On the creative side, the chakra is associated the arts, creativity at work and even procreation.

Dwi pada sirsasana is believed to increase kundalini energy and enthusiasm as well.

In a more advanced expression of the pose, the hands are placed on the ground and then the elbows are straightened, lifting the body off the ground.

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