Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana for balancing the endocrine system

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana with a chair is a great pose to balance your endocrine system. But its benefits don't end there. This pose is classified as a chest opener. In yoga, chest openers are poses that create space for optimal lung expansion and target the heart centre, Anahata in Sanskrit.
Anahata, also knows as the fourth chakra, is a vortex of energy situated at the center of the chest. Anahata is the balancing point of the lower three and the upper three chakras. It is where our higher spiritual selves mix and mingle with our lower animal selves in order to produce a harmony between the two poles. This chakra represents love and self love and, when balanced, we experience unconditional love for others and for ourselves

As always, you should practice yoga poses with an empty stomach!
Begin by placing a blanket or a folded mat on the seat of the chair and a block near the wall. Then sit through the chair while facing the wall. You may want to use a belt or a strap to keep your legs together. Draw the sacrum toward the back edge of the chair and gently recline back while holding the sides of the chair. Your spine will curve over the seat of the chair,  your shoulder blades should slide off from the seat as you extend the legs and press the feet against the wall. Draw the sacrum toward the heels to create space in your spine and avoid jamming the vertebrae of your lower back. Grasp the back legs of the chair and focus your breath on the upper spine. If this pose is too intense, you may place a bolster under your head to support it.
To come out of the pose, place feet on the floor, and slide your body toward the wall  by holding on to the back of the chair. Keep your spine long and lead with the chest.

This pose is a great chest opener, and therefore recommended to all those who suffer from depression and fatigue. It stimulates your heart, increases lung capacity and balances your endocrine system (pituitary, pineal, thyroid and adrenal glands). It's very useful to relieve menopause symptoms.

Avoid this pose if you suffer from migraines, eye strain, retinal problems, herniated disk. Don't practice at night as it may aggravate insomnia.

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