Wide-Legged Forward Bend

Prasarita Padottanasana

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
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