Yogadandasana (Yogi’s Staff Pose)

Yogadandasana (Yogi’s Staff Pose) registers as 19* on BKS Iyengar’s 60* scale of difficulty.

Iyengar says, “It takes time and practice to be comfortable in the asana, but when you are it is restful… In this pose, the spine is rested and the body relaxed.”

On first glance, Yogadandasana doesn’t look “restful” by any stretch of the imagination. But, Iyengar is right. Once your body is open and flexible enough to get into the pose, you’ll be surprised by how comfortable it is. Before you do Yogadandasana, ensure you feel comfortable in Virasana, Bharadvajasana and Padmasana. Once those poses feel easeful, give Yogadandasana a shot. Start with your left leg in Virasana, your right leg in Padmasana. Then start raising your Padmasana leg up toward your right armpit. The second you feel the least bit of discomfort in your knees or ankles, back off!

How do you feel in Yogadandasana? What are your tips for accessing this pose?

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