Dandasana is a simple seated posture with the legs straight in front of the body and the spine upright and long. The name comes from the Sanskrit danda which means “stick” or “staff” and asana which means “posture” or “seat.”
It is a posture which requires a great deal of awareness and presence to hold and, as such, is considered good for becoming more mindful and focused in one’s yoga practice. It also prepares the body and mind for other seated postures.
The English name for dandasana is staff pose.