Sanskrit Name : Paschimottanasana
Other Common Names : Forward Bend Pose
About : This yogasana will help in headache and anxiety. Also it stretches your upper and lower back and thus reduces fatigue. The name comes from the Sanskrit words paschima (पश्चिम, paścima) meaning "west" or "back" or "back of body", and uttana (उत्तान, uttāna) meaning "intense stretch" or "straight" or "extended", and asana (आसन) meaning "posture" or "seat"
Sit with your legs spread in front of your torso.
Now bring your upper body towards your legs.
Reach to your toes with your hands. Keep your head rested downwards.
Stretch as much as you can.
Hold for 8-10 breaths and repeat.
Provides a deep stretch for entire back side of body from the heels to the neck
Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
Stretches the spine, shoulders, hamstrings
Tones the shoulders
Soothes headache and anxiety and reduces fatigue
Induces relaxation, relieves stress and lifts mood
Stretches the spine, shoulders, lower back, ovaries, uterus and hamstrings
If you are pregnant, avoid this yoga pose as it puts stress on the womb.
Suffering from asthma
Has slipped disc and/or sciatica
Best to do when your stomach are empty.
Should performed at least 4-6 hours after a meal.
Best in Morning time.