Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (Two-Legged Inverted Staff Pose) registers as 24* on BKS Iyengar’s 60* scale of difficulty.
BKS Iyengar offers this beautiful translation of the pose’s meaning: “Dwi Pada means both feet. Viparita means reverse or inverted. Danda means staff or rod, a symbol, authority or punishment as well as the body and its prostration. The Hindu devotee prostrates before the Lord lying flat upon the floor, face downwards with hands outstretched. The Yogi on the other hand prostrates himself in the graceful inverted arch described [here].”
Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana is definitely a prostration – an offering of the heart. In Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana, your chest is fully expanded, and your heart bursts forward. Working towards this asana requires a great deal of backbending preparation beforehand. Once you’re well into your practice and you’ve moved through Urdhva Dhanurasana a few times, begin exploring Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana. Offer your heart forward as a yogi(ni) prostrating him/herself to the Divine.