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Paschimottanasana

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The name comes from the Sanskrit word paschima, meaning “west”; uttana, meaning “intense stretch”. It is Seated Forward Bend.

 

Limitations:

  1. Person suffering from back problem, neck pain, Asthma & Diarrhea should avoid practice of Paschimottanasana.
  2. During pregnancy.
  3. If suffering from depression - stay in the position for only a short while.

 

Benefits:

  1. strengthens the spine & back.
  2. Menopause and menstrual discomfort can be combatted with regular practice of this asana.
  3. Helpful as it activates the kidneys and reproductive systems (liver, uterus, and ovaries).
  4. Good for heart disease and high blood pressure - increases blood flow to the heart.

 

Technique:

Sit in Daṇḍasana. Inhale & raise both the arms up stretching the spine & lifting the back. Exhale and bend forward from the hips and grab the hands or the big toes. With each exhalation, push forward a bit more, extend the chest onto the thighs and chin to the shin. Hold for 60 to 180 seconds. To come out, lengthen the body and look forward. By inhaling, come up with extended arms. Exhale and release the hands back to Daṇḍasana.


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