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Yoga Pose of the Week: Staff

Strike a Yoga Pose: Staff

Some yoga poses require flexibility like Tortoise, some are all about your strength like Scissor Legs Side Crow, and some demand extreme balance like Headstand Scorpion. Then there are poses that don't call for much but your stillness and attention to breath.

Sanskrit Name: Dandasana
English Translation: Staff Pose
Also Called: Stick

To learn how to do this simple pose


  • Sit on your mat with both legs together so they're straight out in front of you.
  • Place your palms flat on the floor beside your hips, and actively press them into the ground. Keep both arms as straight as possible, and lengthen your spine, imagining it is a sturdy staff or cane someone would use to walk with. Roll your shoulders away from your ears and tuck your chin. Engage your leg muscles and flex your feet.
  • Stay here for five deep breaths, keeping your belly still and only breathing into your ribs. Then release.

Have any burning questions about yoga? Then post them to the Yoga Stretch and Tell group.

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Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I always look forward to this pose. After doing the sun salutations and standing poses, I look forward to finally getting to "rest" for a few breaths in dandasana. Fit - what type of yoga do you teach? How on earth do you find time to write all these articles and teach both yoga and pilates classes too?
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