What is Viparita Dandasana (Inverted Staff Yoga Pose)
In the classic version of this asana, the feet, hands, and head rest on the earth. the pose is believed to symbolize the yogi’s salutation to the divine force.
this adaptation with props makes the pose easier to practice, and helps soothe an emotional or restless mind.
the word viparita means “inverted” in Sanskrit, while danda translates as “staff.”
Benefits of Viparita Dandasana
- Soothes and relaxes the brain
- Builds up emotional stabilityand self-confidence
- Stimulates the adrenal, thyroid, pituitary, and pineal glands
- Gently massages and strengthens the heart, preventing arterial blockage
- Increases lung capacity
- Relieves indigestion and flatulence
- Increases the flexibility of the spine
- Alleviates lower backaches
- Corrects a displaced bladder or prolapsed uterus
- Relieves menstrual pain and helps treat the symptoms of menopause
Contraindications and Cautions
- Do not practice this asana during migraine.
- avoid the pose if you have stress-related headaches, eye strain, constipation, diarrhea, or insomnia.
- Discontinue the asana if you feel dizzy.
- if you suffer from backaches, you must practice a few twists before and after this pose.