A Yoga Posture for Flexible Body
Yoga Posture – Paschimotaan-asana is a Hatha Yoga Asana,which is good for increasing flexibility of your physical body. A regular practice of this asana(posture) also improves appetite and cures many other problems
There are many Hatha Yoga Asana (Yoga Postures) each has some specific purpose. Here in this article I am describing the one called ‘Paschimotaan-asana’.
Imp. Note: You are advised not to attempt this Yoga Posture if you are suffering from high blood pressure, back problems, asthma or diarrhoea
Benefits of Paschimotaan-asana
This is a simple but very impressive asana which makes the body flexible and improves overall health.
Regular practice of this Asana gives the following benefits:
Gives a flexible body
Cures Spleen ailments
Cures liver ailments
Reduces body fat
Cures Piles trouble
Regulates menstrual-cycle of women
Note:‘Sushumnanadi’ is a subtle energy channel in the spinal column and its mild stimulation through this Asana initiates spiritual development.
How to do it in steps?
You are advised to do Yoga Aasanas empty stomach and never soon after meals.
Here is how you can do it in three simple steps. Throughout this asana focus your attention at the solar plexus (Umbilicus) called Manipur Chakra:
Step 1: Sit straight with both legs stretched forward inhale a full breath and raise arms as in sketch 1.
Step 2: Slightly bend forward holding toes as shown in the sketch 2.
Step 3: Exhale while bending down touching elbows on ground and holding toesor folding hands around ankles as shown in the sketch 3.
If in the beginning you are unable to bend down fully and touch elbows on the ground then it is okay. Just bend down as much as you can easily and with regular practice as your body gains more flexibility you will be able to bend down fully.
You may remain in the final position for maximum five minutes. Take a deep breath while again raising hands and sit up. Bring down hands and relax.
Article by: Jyotirvid Pawan Kumar