Benefits of Paschimottasana

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(Above Photo from Yoga Journal)

Benefits of Paschimottasana (Seated Forward Bend)

Anatomical focus:

Back, hips, hamstrings, adbomen

Awareness:

Lengthening and relaxing the spine as well as relaxing the hips and hamstring

Benefits:

It stretches the muscles of the back side of the body from head to the ankles. It contracts the muscles of the anterior part of the body.This creates pressure on the thorax and abdomen, improving the process of respiration and the functions of the intra abdominal glands, especially the secretions.Improves the flexibility of the lumbar region, the hips and thigh (back side of thighs and calves).Massages and tones the abdominal and pelvis region including all organs such as the liver, pancreas, kidneys, adrenals, spleen and intestines.Improves the blood circulation in the back region and tones the spinal nerves.Improves alignment of the vertebral column.Removes the fat from the hips, the abdomen and thigh region.Helps to remove disorders of the uro-genital system.The nadi’s are purified.Helps to activate the kundalini shakti.Soothing for the mind, removing anxiety, anger and irritabilityEncourages surrender, letting go and acceptance

Benefits for Women

Useful for balancing the menstrual cycle and improving blood circulation and prana to the pelvic regionHelps to remove pelvic congestionRelieves period pain

Therapeutic applications:

Diabetes

Menstrual disorders

Bronchitis

Sluggish Liver

Colitis

Kidney problems

Precautions and Contra-indications:

People who suffer from slipped disc or sciatica should not practice this asana or those who have had recent abdominal surgery.

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