mukha paschimottanasana is a more challenging variation of
forward bend), which is part of the Ashtanga primary series and one
of the basic postures of Hatha yoga.
Traditionally, urdhva mukha
paschimottanasana is believed to open the
svadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakra, which is associated with intimacy, enjoyment and
creation. A healthy svadisthana chakra also ensures self-acceptance and
comfort in relationships.
In addition to its physical benefits,
the pose calms the mind, reduces stress and is thought to be
therapeutic for mild depression. As it lengthens the spine, this
asana frees the yogi from the past, so negative experiences or
encumbrances no longer have a hold on him/her.