“The struggle you are in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow”
The posture “Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana” or “Standing split” helps calming the brain, stretching the hamstrings, calves, and thighs, and strengthening the thighs, knees, and ankles
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose
(Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimotthanasana)
(This picture is taken at 40 degree Hot Yoga studio in Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose is one of the 26 postures from Bikram yoga series. In this posture you will use your “strength” to create “flexibility”. By pulling on your heels, you generate the power to stretch your legs, hips and spine. The goal are to have your spine perfectly straight and to fully stretch your hamstrings by engaging your quadriceps and keeping your knees locked.
Benefits of the posture
It helps the functioning of most of the internal abdominal organs, especially the small and large intestine, and improves the flexibility of hamstrings, calves, pelvis, ankles, hip joints and releases the last five vertabrae of the spine.
I honor the place in you, in which the entire universe dwells
I honor the place in you, which is of love, of truth, of life and of peace
When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me,
“We are one”
The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.
“You can’t fall off the floor when you are already on the ground”
Bow pose (Dhanurasana- धनुरासन)
The name comes from the Sanskrit words Dhanura (धनुर, Dhanura) meaning “bow”and Asana (आसन, Āsana) meaning “posture” or “seat”. The body takes the shape of Bow. As the bow is strained during the archery, the whole body is stretched during this asana posture.
-Lie on your belly with your hands alongside your torso. Exhale and bend your knees. Reach back with your hands and take hold of your ankles. Keep your knees hip width for the duration of the pose.
-Inhale and strongly lift your heels away from your buttocks and, at the same time, lift your thighs away from the floor. This will pull your upper torso and head off the floor. Gaze forward.
-Stay in this pose anywhere from 20 to 30 seconds. Release as you exhale.
Mainly the weight is taken by the abdomen. This has favorable effect on enzyme producing organs, liver, pancreas, small intestine and big intestine. As a result of this the concerned organs become more active and efficient.