Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

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After the Balancing Series comes the separate leg stretching series, beginning with Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose (also known as Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana).  While the Balancing Series strongly focuses on mental determination, perseverance, concentration, and patience, Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose reminds us to deeply relax into posture.  The more relaxed the practitioner the deeper they will find their body in the posture.   Maybe even find their forehead touching the floor.  

Physically this posture (like all of the postures) is working many different parts of the body.  It is a great posture for preventing and curing sciatica because it is stretching and strengthening the sciatic nerves and tendons in the legs.  It increases muscle tone and flexibility of the thighs, calves, pelvis, ankles, and hip joints.  The posture stretches and strenghtens the entire spine with special focus on the last 5 vertebrae.  

As with the rest of the series, Bikram Yoga is not here solely for muscles and tendons.   This series improves the function of the entire body.  This posture specifically improves the internal abdominal organs, especially the small and large intestine.  

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