Three Parts Forward Bend Pose

Definition - What does Three Parts Forward Bend Pose mean?

Three parts forward bend pose is a seated forward fold that stretches the back of the body and calms the mind.

This pose is entered into from staff pose; one leg is folded back at the knee so that it rests along the corresponding hip while the other leg remains straight. The torso then folds at the hips as the arms reach for the extended foot.

Three parts forward bend pose is also known by its Sanskrit name, triang mukhaikapada paschimottanasana.

Yogapedia explains Three Parts Forward Bend Pose

Three parts forward bend pose is a more challenging variation of seated forward bend, which is one of the 12 basic postures of Hatha yoga and also part of the Ashtanga yoga primary series. As a restorative pose, it reduces stress and builds confidence. In addition to stretching the entire back body, it is thought to offer the following physical benefits:

  • Opens the hips
  • Reduces leg swelling
  • Tones the abdominal muscles
  • Strengths the back and the thighs
  • Tones the abdominal organs
  • Is therapeutic for dropped arches, flat feet and ankle sprains
  • Eases insomnia

Those with limited flexibility or tight hips may practice the posture with a blanket or booster under the sit bone of the straight leg.

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