Wide-Legged Forward Bend
What is Wide-Legged Forward Bend?
Wide-legged forward bend, or prasarita padottanasana, is a standing posture that stretches the back and legs. From a wide stance, the yogi folds forward and clasps the ankles, allowing the head to hang heavy.
- Stand with your feet wide.
- Exhale and fold forward. Clasp your ankles with your hands.
- Let your head hang heavy.
- Breathe while holding the pose.
- Avoid this pose if you have a hip or back injury.
Benefits of Wide-Legged Forward Bend
- Stretches the spine
- Improves hamstring flexibility
- Stimulates digestion
- Brings fresh blood to the brain
- Relaxes the mind
Wide-Legged Forward Bend Details
- Sanskrit Name
- Prasarita Padottanasana
- prah-SAR-ee-tah PAH-doh-TAH-NAH-sah-nah
- Pose Level
- Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
- Pose Type
- Forward Bends, Hip Openers, Inversions, Standing Poses