Seated Forward Bend Pose

Paschimottanasana

Seated Forward Bend Pose

What is Seated Forward Bend Pose?

Seated forward bend pose, or paschimottanasana, stretches the spine while stimulating digestion. In this posture, the legs are outstretched and the hands clasp the feet, ankles or calves in a forward bend.

Instructions

  1. Sit with your legs stretched in front of you and together.
  2. Reach your arms up with an inhale to lengthen your spine.
  3. Fold forward with an exhale.
  4. Clasp the outsides of your feet, ankles or calves, depending on your flexibility.
  5. Relax your head so that it's in line with your spine.
  6. Breathe while you hold the pose.

Cautions

  • Avoid if you have asthma or acute back injury

Benefits of Seated Forward Bend Pose

  • Stretches the hamstrings
  • Stretches the spine
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Calms the mind
  • Facilitates pratyahara (withdrawal of senses)

Seated Forward Bend Pose Details

Sanskrit Name
Paschimottanasana
Pronunciation
pah-shee-moat-TAH-NAH-sah-nah
Pose Level
Beginner
Yoga Type
Drishti
Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
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