Feet Behind the Head Pose

Definition - What does Feet Behind the Head Pose mean?

Feet behind the head pose is a yoga posture that serves as a strong hip opener and offers a variety of other benefits. It is a seated pose in which the legs wind around the shoulders and behind the head. The hands are typically placed in anjali mudra (prayer position), but in an advanced version of the pose, the hands are placed on the floor and the body is lifted as the arms straighten.

This pose is also known by its Sanskrit name, dwi pada sirsasana.

Yogapedia explains Feet Behind the Head Pose

An asana in the Ashtanga yoga intermediate series, feet behind the head pose improves flexibility throughout the body, particularly the hips, legs and spine. It also has these additional benefits:

  • Improves balance
  • Boosts energy, enthusiasm and stamina
  • Builds muscular strength
  • Increases the flow of blood, promoting the removal of toxins
  • Improves digestion
  • Is therapeutic for anemia
  • Calms the nervous system

On a spiritual level, the pose supports inner truth and self-knowledge, among other benefits.

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