Tadasana Paschima Baddha Namaskar

Definition - What does Tadasana Paschima Baddha Namaskar mean?

Tadasana paschima baddha namaskar is a basic standing posture that serves as a chest-opener and provides a strong shoulder stretch. It is a variation of tadasana, or mountain pose, which is a fundamental posture across the many styles of yoga. The name of this asana comes from the Sanskrit, tada, meaning “mountain”; asana, which translates as “pose” or “posture”; paschima, which means “west” or “back-facing”; baddha, meaning “bound” or “binding”; and namaskar, which is a respectful greeting or salutation.

To practice tadasana paschima baddha namaskar, the yogi begins standing in tadasana, then bends the elbows and reaches behind the back, grasping each elbow with the opposite hand.

In English, tadasana paschima baddha namaskar is called mountain pose with arms bound.

Yogapedia explains Tadasana Paschima Baddha Namaskar

In some styles of yoga, this posture is also known by the Sanskrit name, paschima baddha hastasana (west/back bound hands pose). It is an effective preparatory pose for tadasana paschima namaskar, especially for yogis with limited flexibility in the shoulders and wrists.

Like all variations of tadasana, tadasana paschima baddha namaskar provides physical and spiritual grounding. And as a bound (baddha) posture, it provides a connection between the body and mind. The pose is believed to boost confidence and reduce depression. As a chest-opener, it activates the anahata chakra (heart center) chakra, which is thought to promote love, forgiveness, compassion and acceptance. A balanced anahata is essential for Self-realization.

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