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Dwikonasana - The Double Angle Pose

by: Vasanthi Bhat and Rajiv Jaswa


In today’s fast paced lifestyle, stress is becoming more and more of a problem. It is damaging to your health and must be relieved. There are various poses, or asanas, that can be used to relieve stress and revitalize your tired body and mind. The Dwikonasna (dvee-kohn-ah-san), or the double angle pose, is one of the easiest of these poses, and in addition has many healing powers. Within minutes, one can be revitalized, flushing stress out of the body. This article will focus on both mental and physical benefits of the double angle pose.

Mental Benefits of Dwikonasna

Dwikonasna is one of many yogic poses in which the head is bent in a downwards position. This allows better circulation towards the brain, creating many mental benefits. The most important effect of this pose is its revitalizing effect. At almost anytime during the day, you can practice this pose to refresh yourself, and release mental fatigue. This is extremely useful when you are working long hours, and are mentally exhausted. People of all ages can use this aspect of the pose, since stress is a factor in virtually everyone’s lives. In addition, better circulation towards the brain improves concentration and memory. These two effects are adirect result of the revitalization sensation. All of these benefits are important, and can have a positive impact on everyone’s life.


Physical Benefits of Dwikonasna

Dwikonasna is a full body stretch that is used to stretch and strengthen almost every muscle in the body. Beginning with the calves and hamstring, it also includes the hips. It also can be used to alleviate lower back pain, as it stretches out the entire spinal chord. On the other side of your body, the chest muscles are stretched out, and therefore, it can alleviate heart disease and lung ailments. People suffering from high cholesterol levels can also use Dwikonasna, as it opens up coronary arteries. The muscles located in the arms and joints in the wrists are massaged and stretched. Hence, it can be used to alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome. The facial muscles are also massaged, helping skin texture in that area as well as making it more radiant. As mentioned, there are several benefits associated with this pose that can be achieved simply through practicing this pose for a few minutes each day.


When you should practice the Dwikonasna

The Dwikonasna is a simple standing pose that can be practiced anywhere, whether it is during an office break, or a short recess in between final exams. This pose can also be practiced, along with other asnas, in the morning shortly after awakening. Those that exercise routinely or practice sports can also use it before and after completing the activity to relax the muscles used during the activity.


Technique


To conclude, the Dwikonasna is a full body stretch with both mental and physical benefits that can be achieved through consistent practice of this pose using proper technique as mentioned above.


Courtesy: Vasanthi Bhat -Teaches Yoga in San Jose Bay Area.
Dwikonasna has been covered in detail in Vasanthi Bhat's Yoga for Stress Management Video.



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