Dwi Pada Sirsasana / Both Legs Behind The Head Pose

Jun 10th, 2015

To break down the Sanskrit name, Dwi means two, pada means leg and sirsa means head.

Dwi Pada Sirsasana is similar to Yoga Nidrasana / Yogic Sleeping pose and is also seen an advanced version or Koormasana / Tortoise pose. Like a tortoise withdrawing its head to its shell, coming into Dwi Pada Sirsasana encourages the practitioner to draw the attention inwards and focus on the body as a whole. The body parts are well connected and close to each other, therefore it is easy to visualize the breath moving towards all parts of the body.jumping castle
Contrary to its somewhat extreme appearance, Dwi Pada Sirsasana is considered one of the deeper spiritual poses where calmness and awareness can be achieved.

Dwi Pada Sirsasana is a deep external hip rotation pose and caution is advised to all levels of practitioners when trying this pose.


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Louise is an advanced Hatha Yoga teacher, having 500 hours of training from the International Yoga Academy (IYA). A registered teacher under Yoga Alliance and IYA, Louise is also the project leader of the Andiappan Yoga Community’s yoga program for overseas workers, organizing and teaching free yoga classes to more than 150 domestic helpers every Sunday with a strong team of fellow volunteer teachers. Learning every day from her teachers and students, Louise shares bits and pieces of her yoga journey at her blog wysyogi.wordpress.com.

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