Definition - What does Mandalasana mean?

Mandalasana is an advanced moving variation of sirsasana, which stimulates and rejuvenates the whole body. It should only be attempted by advanced yogis. From Sanskrit, mandala means “circle” and asana means “pose."

In mandalasana the head, forearms and hands are fixed in salamba sirsasana while the legs and feet walk in a full circle clockwise then counterclockwise around this fixed position. This requires the yogi to lift one leg over the other at the halfway point in the circle to continue the movement around.

Mandalasana may be referred to in English as circle pose.

Yogapedia explains Mandalasana

In addition to its physical benefits, mandalasana is said to be a particularly beneficial posture for the mind. With its holistic rejuvenation of the physical body, it can promote mental balance. It boosts concentration and mental clarity due to the focus it requires to complete. It is also said to be helpful to relieve symptoms for those who suffer with stress, anxiety or mild depression.

Traditionally, mandalasana, like sirsasana, is associated with the seventh chakra, the crown chakra. Working with this chakra is said to help yogis to experience unity and realize their connection with everything. It is also linked to higher levels of consciousness. Mandalasana can, therefore, help the yogi to open themselves up to the Divine while remaining grounded and rooted, physically.

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