Floating Stick Pose

Utpluti dandasana

What is Floating Stick Pose?

Floating stick pose, or utpluti dandasana in Sanskrit, is a floating version of staff pose. It's also referred to as floating staff pose and brahmacharyasana. From staff pose, the yogi places his hands on the floor outside of the thighs and uses core strength to lift the legs. Even an attempt to lift the legs builds core strength, and eventually the legs float up with ease.


  • Begin in staff pose.
  • Place the hands outside of the thighs: palms pressing into the floor, fingers spread wide, and elbows bent.
  • Engage the core, press into the hands, straighten the arms, and lift the legs from the floor.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Exhale and release.


  • Avoid if there is wrist injury.

Benefits of Floating Stick Pose

  • Helps with weight loss
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves digestion
  • Strengthens the core and arms

Floating Stick Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Utpluti dandasana
Pronunciation: oot-ploo-tee dahn-DAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Intermediate
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Arm Balances, Balancing, Core, Strength

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