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16. Dwi pada Shirshasana
Two Feet behind Head Posture
I ve never quite understood the name though. I ve been doing this little practice for a few years and my ego is fully in tact. But, thank heavens, Iíve found something else that seems to be doing the trick in terms of ego annihilation and it is that pesky Intermediate Series pose, dwi pada sirsasana.
Procedure:
"In Kundalini Yoga, there is this exercise called ďego eradicator.Ē It basically consists of sitting upright with the arms extended in a wide V overhead, finger tucked into the palms, thumbs stretched out as if they could draw an arc over the head, eyes closed and rolled up at the brow point while you do 3 minutes of vigorous Breath of Fire. Itís a great way to open the lungs for pranayama and to clear the sinuses. It takes a little bit of effort to maintain the arm position properly for 3 minutes, but like most things, itís really mind over matter
Iíve never quite understood the name though. Iíve been doing this little practice for a few years and my ego is fully in tact. But, thank heavens, Iíve found something else that seems to be doing the trick in terms of ego annihilation and it is that pesky Intermediate Series pose, dwi pada sirsasana.
If Iím ever starting to feel too high and mighty, the best way to knock me down to size is to make me try to put both legs behind my head by myself at 7am on a Monday morning. Iím all hunched over, belly in rolls despite my best efforts at uddiyana bandha, my right leg is flailing in the air as I finagle it back behind my left foot, my poor neck is all cranked sideways trying to hold my legs in place Ė itís a mess.
I pretty much fail at dwi pada, and it ainít for lack of trying. Iíve been working on this pose for a good long while now, having had to take a wee break to deal with my SI pain. Somedays itís better than others, but somedays my right leg never even makes it back there. Thatís the thing about this practice, progress happens but itís rarely linear.
I love the challenge of my Ashtanga practice. After a powerful practice in the morning, the rest of life doesnít seem quite so difficult. Yes, certain poses and aspects of Ashtanga can be frustrating, but itís also so empowering when you do finally get the pose right, when something actually makes sense. I remember that when I first managed to rise up fully from laghu vajrasana by myself, I exclaimed ďI did it!Ē and then proceeded to do a little dance on my knees. Such victory Ė I had been wrestling with that pose for over a year until I finally mustered up the strength to get it donn.
Often times my practice of dwi pada sirsasana just makes me laugh. I feel so silly and uncoordinated. Itís not that the pose is painful even, I just havenít ďfiguredĒ it out yet, and my tight hips donít help! But, I would rather be laughing at my messy and hard pose than crying, and I think thatís a good sign in terms of progress. Part of me feels like I ďshouldĒ be better at this pose, as if itís not fair that itís hard, but here too I see how the challenge of this pose has been beneficial in terms of humbling me. It takes time to master something and this is exactly how it should be. Having a practice that helps you develop patience is a real gift."
Benefits:
This yoga pose increases the blood flow especially in your back and improves your hemoglobin levels. With the increased blood flow toxins are removed that accumulate if the blood flow is slow or interrupted. Eka Pada Sirsana helps people who suffer from anemia and also from nervous trembling.
Eka Pada Sirsasana is an intensive work for your body that activates fire and thus helps your body to digest food quickly.
And of course you can imagine that it increases you
Precautions:
Do not practice this pose if you have either had a back or neck injury, suffer from headaches, have high blood pressure or low blood pressure or have an existing heart condition.
This pose should not be performed while menstruating.
It is not advisable to practice this pose while pregnant, unless you are familiar and quite experienced in doing this pose, before pregnancy.
Position:
two leg Sage Koundinya


Shalabhasana II
Sukhasana
Vrischikasana I
Purna Dhanurasana
Shavasana
Chakrabhandasana
Halasana
Rajakapothasana
Sarvangasana
Veerasana
Trikonasana
Triangya Mukothanasana
Baddha Konasana
Urdhva Dhanurasana
Marichasana
Supta Baddha Konasana
Shirsha Padasana
Pincha Mayurasana
Parshvothanasana
Natarajasana

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