Dwi pada viparita dandasana translates to inverted stick pose with two feet. This is a back extension or backbend that opens the front of the body. The pose can be done without a chair, however to make the pose accessible to all, a chair and other props can be used as shown in the photo. According to BKS Iyengars book “The Path to Holistic Health, there are many benefits to practicing this pose such as: soothes and relaxes the brain, builds up emotional stability and self-confidence, increases lung capacity, relieves indigestion, increases the flexibility of the spine, alleviates lower backache, and relieves menstrual pain and helps treat the symptoms of menopause.
Backbends are an important category of poses to practice on a regular basis. Back extensions can also help improve posture greatly, by stretching the tissues of the front of the body.