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Paschimottanasana


Paschimottanasana is one of the most difficult yoga asanas which can help to improve human health to a greater extent. This asana is great help to diabetes patients and have numerous other benefits too.




Paschimottanasana asana looks simple, but is in fact one of the most difficult asanas to do.  This asana is also known as Seated Forward Bend, or Intense Dorsal Stretch. This is one of the classic Hatha Yoga asana. It helps to work out the entire body. It improves flexibility of body and helps in managing disorders like high blood pressure and diabetes. It is very good for strengthening back and spine. Its name is based on the word ‘Paschim’ in Sanskrit which means West direction. This is so because the front of human body is referred as East and back is referred as West. This asana particularly focuses on the back side of the body and so it is named as Paschimottanasana. Let us now take a look at the way in which this asana is practiced.


Method

1. Sit on a mat with your legs stretched straight out in front of you.

2. Breathe OUT. Slowly bend forward, trying to touch your feet. Don't bend your knees.

3. If you feel a constriction while bending, straighten up slightly and then try and bend further forward.

4. Don't push yourself too hard. You may not be able to get very far if you are a beginner. Don't get impatient and push yourself too hard. You will only injure your muscles. Just bend forward as far as you can go.

5. It is important that you hold this pose. There is no point in just bouncing back and forth.

6. Exhale, while returning to normal position.


Things to Remember

Do this yoga asana on an empty stomach. Make sure that you empty your bowels as well before doing this asana. In case if you are having your meals ensure that there is a gap of at least four to six hours between the meals and yoga practice. It will help you to have enough of energy to practice this asana as the food will get properly digested. Preferably all yoga asanas including this asana should be practiced in the morning but if that is not possible it can be practiced in evening also. If you have any health problem, you must consult your doctor before practising this yoga asana to find out if it suits you or not.


Benefits of Practicing Paschimottanasana

Have a quick look at the benefits of Paschimottanasana.
  • Stretches the back and spine

  • Stretches the shoulders

  • Stretches the hamstrings

  • Beneficial for the kidneys, liver, ovaries and uterus. (It is thus a must for women. It also helps ease menstrual discomfort.)

  • Beneficial for diabetics and improves digestion.

  • Beneficial for managing high blood pressure

  • Improves flexibility of body

  • Helps to fight stress and mild depression

  • Beneficial for dealing with problems like anxiety disorder

  • Helps to deal with fatigue and headache

  • Very beneficial as a post delivery fitness regimen

  • Helps to lose weight and deal with problems like increased appetite

  • Helps to deal with infertility and problems like insomnia and sinusitis

Don't Attempt This Asana If
  • You have back problems, asthma or diarrhoea.

  • You are pregnant

  • You have a back injury

Since Paschimottanasana is difficult to practice, it is better to be practice under the guidance of a certified trainer. This asana is very good for toning the nerves of the spinal cord and improving blood circulation in back. Regular practice of this asana will not only calm your mind but also cleanse your Nadis and boost your Kundalini Shakti.

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Mihir.8 years ago
this asana has been really helpful for me as i practice yoga regularly
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Mahesh Prasad.8 years ago
very nice to read this article-about yoga this asanas really help. i felt very happy that you are advicing yoga postures.
i am a yoga teacher since last 10yrs.i seen many womens got benifits with this asanas.
best regards
mahesh prasad
 
 
 
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Sarah.8 years ago
thank you for the conception advice! i am trying to have a baby, and i have been trying for four years. i am about to have ivf and i want to do everything i can to help the process succeed. your advice is simple, and the photos are very helpful. this is good information, generously offered.
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Ramji.8 years ago
it is one of the best asanas and one can reap benefits if it is done regularly.
 
 
 
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ira.8 years ago
this is very helpful asana if one can hold for atleast 10 min.
 
 
 
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siddharth.8 years ago
what about the people who have stiff joints and cannot fully attain the posture?
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