Paschimottanasana is a type of forward bending posture. Paschimottanasana falls under a sitting posture of asanas.
Sanskrit meaning of Paschimottanasana is an intense backstretch.
Paschima means West (Back in this case), Uttana means elongating or intense stretch. So you will bend forward to touch your head to the knees of both the legs.
This is a basic level yogasana which can be performed by anyone who has just started off with yogasana.
It would take time to stretch your body to a stage where your head touches the knees of your legs. So be patient with the process.
You can use the yogasana mat suggested below and the yoga dress for your convenience.
Paschimottanasana stretches your vertebral columns, and shoulders.
It will also help strengthen your hamstrings and groin.
It’s main effect is on the back.
9 Scientific benefits of Paschimottanasana
- More Beneficial for Pregnant Women
- Sleep-related problems
- Stress Buster
- Reduced Menstrual and menopausal disorders
- Soothes the Mind
- Relaxes the Whole body
- Stimulate Kidneys and Liver
- Stretches Hamstrings and Shoulders
- Get rid of depression
How to do the Paschimottanasana?
If you are beginner, you can use the yoga strap and try bending forward.
Once you become perfect at it, you can slowly increase your bending length till you reach the floor.
Till then try to use the yoga strap for your convenient.
Video link for Paschimottanasana
Please do watch the below video for better clarity on the Paschimottanasana on how to perform it.