Svarga Dvijasana

Definition - What does Svarga Dvijasana mean?

Svarga dvijasana is an effective asana for cultivating balance and patience. The name comes from the Sanskrit svarga, meaning “paradise,” dvija, meaning “twice born,” and asana, meaning "pose."

This pose is usually entered into from virabhadrasana 2 pose, by binding the arms under the bent leg, then stepping the back leg forward, and engaging the core to lift the body and the bent leg with it. The final stage is to straighten the lifted leg to come into the full posture.

The Western name for svarga dvijasana is bird of paradise pose as it resembles the tropical flower.

Yogapedia explains Svarga Dvijasana

It is said that, although this posture looks beautiful and serene, it teaches patience, mental strength and resilience. The challenging nature of the posture means it requires determination to balance on one leg while keeping the other extended and the core engaged. It can also be a valuable lesson in letting go of expectations and simply accepting the journey toward the posture. This may be a journey of stumbling and difficulty, but, ultimately, it leads to a posture of real beauty, like the flower which is its namesake.

Svarga dvijasana can also be described as a celebration of assymmetry. It is considered a creative and expressive posture. It is also associated with balancing the muladhara and svadisthana chakras.

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