yoga danda

 

Cutting to size

Unless you specify the measurement when ordering, the danda will arrive oversized and need to be cut by you.

What to cut with?

It is easiest to cut with an electric mitre/chop saw, as it's possible to take off a small amount at a time until it's just right. It can also be cut with a hand saw or jig saw, but requires careful measuring, as it's more difficult to remove small amounts accurately. A bit of sandpaper and linseed oil (or vegetable oil) will tidy up the edge once it is the correct size.

 

Danda Measurement

How is the danda adjusted?

The pressure of the danda is adjusted by moving the base towards the hip and away from the hip. When the base of the danda is directly below the armpit (near the hip) there is maximum pressure. If the danda is long enough, it will be possible to move the base away from the hip to lessen the pressure. In practice, the danda is likely to be used somewhere between these two extremes.

 

Please note: If the danda is the correct length, the arm hangs comfortably, there is no contact between the elbow and the danda.

 

How to measure?

1. Sit in your preferred meditation asana, using a cushion or however 'normal'.

2. Settle the body and then use a tape measure, with the help of a friend, to measure from the arm pit to the floor directly below. Also measure at a slight angle to the floor about 15cm away from hip. One measurement straight down and one at an angle. Cut danda to the longest measurement and then remove a bit more if it's too big.

3. If you'd like to use the danda in different asanas i.e. siddhasana (cross legged) and vajrasana (sitting on heels), then take measurements for each position and decide once you have an idea of all heights.

 

It is always best to cut it too long, test for size and then remove more rather than cut it too short in the first hasty cut!