Floating Stick Pose, Flying Staff Pose or Utpluti Dandasana (oot-ploo-tee dahn-DAH-sah-nah) in Sanskrit, is a floating version of Staff Pose. It’s also referred to as Floating Staff Pose and Brahmacharyasana. From Staff Pose, the yogi places his hands on the floor outside of the thighs and uses core strength to lift the legs. Even an attempt to lift the legs builds core strength, and eventually, the legs float up with ease.
Utpluti Dandasana is thought to open the Muladhara (root) chakra. Opening this chakra is associated with physical and emotional grounding, providing energy, inner stability, and balance.
Floating Stick Pose requires core and arm strength, but the real key to floating above the earth involves unlocking energy flows through the feet, legs, and spine. Neither concentrated efforts to press with sheer arm strength, nor to pull up through abdominal muscles, will bring you into an energetic dance with the earth that allows you to float lightly from its gravitational pull. Instead, you will levitate into Floating Stick Pose by totally energizing your body into a firm and light stability and then elegantly counterbalancing its weight centers through breath-inspired counter-movements.
Benefits and Contraindications
Stretches the hamstrings and hip flexors
Improves balance and coordination
Tones the abdominal muscles
Strengthens the arms, wrists, and shoulders
Builds focus and concentration
Boosts confidence and self-esteem
Carpal tunnel syndrome
High blood pressure
This pose is not recommended for pregnant women as it puts pressure on the abdominal area
Wrist, elbow or shoulder injuries
Photo poses in different angles
Frequently Asked Questions
No, Floating Stick Pose or Utpluti Dandasana is an advanced pose that requires a lot of strength, stability, and balance. It’s not suitable for beginners or those with injuries or medical conditions that affect their ability to practice arm balance poses.
Common mistakes to avoid when practicing Floating Stick Pose include not engaging the core muscles, not keeping the elbows close to the body, and not maintaining a straight line from the head to the feet.
Yes, Floating Stick Pose should be avoided if you have any injuries or medical conditions that affect your ability to practice arm balance poses. It should also be avoided if you have high blood pressure, wrist or shoulder injuries, or any other medical condition that affects your ability to bear weight on your arms. It’s always important to listen to your body and practice yoga safely.
- One-Legged Floating Stick Pose
- Floating Stick Pose Near The Wall
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