Seated Forward Bend
The term is derived from three Sanskrit roots; paschima, meaning “west’ or “back of the body” uttana meaning “stretch” and asana meaning “seat” or “posture”. It’s believed the pose removes fear of old age. “West’ or ‘back of the body’. In standing position, the physical body can be compared to the cardinal directions (the four main points of a compass) – the head being north, feet south, face east, and the back west.
“Stretching the legs (in front) on the ground, like a stick; bending forward, holding the toes with both hands and placing the forehead on the knees, is called Paschimottanasana” – Chapter 1, Verse 28 of Hatha Yoga Pradipika (HYP). The HYP also goes on to state in Verse 29 that this asana “is the best among asanas. By this asana the pranic currents rise through sushumna, the digestive fire increases, the abdomen becomes flat, and the practitioner becomes free from diseases”.
Paschimottanasana was first recorded in the second chapter of the Gheranda Samhita, one of the three classic texts of Hatha yoga. It is one of thirty-two asanas selected as the best postures for humans, out of 8,400,000 mentioned by Shiva.
Top 10 Paschimottanasana Benefits:
- Can possibly help high blood pressure problem.
- Effective in addressing obesity.
- Helps with indigestion problems.
- Can help regulate the menstrual cycle and menopause discomforts.
- Helps to strengthen firm muscles.
- Helps to treat Insomnia.
Mental benefits of practicing Paschimottanasana:
A person who practices Paschimottanasana on a daily basis will feel changes in his/her overall well-being because Paschimottanasana helps to increase the blood circulation and energize the cells of the entire body, especially mind.
⚠️ Here are Some Conditions in which you should not practice Paschimottanasana:
- If you are suffering from a slipped disc problem.
- If you are suffering from spondylitis.
- If you are pregnant.
- If you are suffering from a hernia problem.