Downward-facing intense west stretch is a less intense variation of seated forward bend
(paschimottanasana), which is one of the 12 basic postures of Hatha
yoga and is also part of the Ashtanga yoga primary series.
In yoga, the front of the body is
called the eastern side and the back of the body is the west; hence,
the name of this posture refers to the intense stretch of the back of
the body, from the hamstrings up the spine to the neck.
In addition to its calming and
stress-reduction benefits, downward-facing intense west stretch is
believed to offer the following benefits:
- Relieves lower backache
- Tones the liver and kidneys
- Is therapeutic for anxiety and
- Stimulates the reproductive