Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana is a backbended pose that B.K.S. Iyengar calls the "yogi's prayer", "The Hindu devotee prostrates himself before the Lord by lying flat upon the floor, face downwards, with arms outstretched. The Yogi on the other hand prostrates himself in the graceful inverted arch, Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana."
According to B.K.S. Iyengar ("Yoga the Path to Holistic Health) this pose has the following benefits:
- Soothes and relaxes the brain
- Builds up emotional stability and confidence
- Gently massages and strengthens the heart, preventing arterial blockages
- Relieves menstrual cramps and treats the symptoms of menopause
- Increases lung capacity
- Much more!
In it's full form, this is quite a difficult pose to perform. Luckily for us, B.K.S. Iyengar developed all sorts of ways to do this pose. Rachel Mathenia CIYT out of Nashville shows Viparita Dandasana many ways including the daring drop-back from Sirsasana (head stead)