Dandasana : Staff or Stick Pose

Danda" means "stick" in Sanskrit. In some respects Dandasana or staff pose is a sister pose to Tadasana (mountain pose). Dandasana is the foundation of all seated asanas -- forward bends and twists. As with all seated poses, Dandasana can be made easier by placing height in the form of folded blankets under your buttocks.

Dandasana : Staff or Stick Pose - Detailed Description


Steps:
  1. Sit with the legs outstretched in front, feet hip-width apart.
  2. Straighten each leg, one at a time, and join the inner sides of your legs and feet.
  3. Place your hands on the floor alongside your hips, fingers pointing forward.
  4. Lengthen the calf muscles, and stretch your knees and toes.
  5. Keep your knees straight.
  6. Engage the thigh muscles and flex the feet. The heels may come up off the floor.
  7. Press your palms down to stretch your elbows and arms.
  8. Stack the shoulders directly on top of the hips.
  9. Lift your abdomen, freeing the diaphragm of tension.
  10. Breathe smoothly and naturally as you hold the pose.
  11. Hold the pose for 1 minute.
Benefits:
  • Improves digestion.
  • Tones the kidneys.
  • Helps to prevent sciatic pain.
  • Stretches and activates the muscles of the legs.
  • Prevents tiredness in the feet by stretching the muscles of the feet.
Tips and Help:
  • If your legs are tight or you have a back injury consider bending your knees slightly.
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