Hand-to-Foot Forward Bend

Definition - What does Hand-to-Foot Forward Bend mean?

Hand-to-foot forward bend is a wide-legged seated forward bend that helps to release tension in the back of the body and inner groin while also stretching the shoulders. It is an asymmetrical variation of wide-legged forward bend.

From a wide-legged seated posture, the body folds straight over the right leg with the left hand taking hold of the foot or toe and the right arm wrapping around the back of the body. The asana is maintained with natural breathing, then repeated on the opposite side.

Hand-to-foot forward bend is also known by its Sanskrit name, eka pada hastasana.

Yogapedia explains Hand-to-Foot Forward Bend

Hand-to-foot forward bend primarily builds flexibility and openness. Specific benefits include:

  • Improves blood flow to the legs
  • Relieves tightness in the groin
  • Stimulates circulation to the spine
  • Massages the abdominal organs
  • Helps with menstrual issues, liver problems and diabetes

Hand-to-foot forward bend can be modified by placing the hands on the leg that the body is folded over, or using a bolster or cushion to rest upon. This posture should be attempted with caution by those with lower back or hip issues. Care should be taken to keep the legs straight.

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