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Prasarita Padottanasana

This hip-opening forward bend, also known as Wide Legged Forward Bend, is one of the basic standing forward bends in the Ashtanga Primary series.

This is a great pose for stretching the hamstrings and opening the hips, and a good preparatory pose for a headstand variation once you advance in your practice.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS

- Tones abdominal organs & improves digestion
- Stimulates the kidneys, liver, spleen
- Stretches and strengthens spine and back of legs
- Aids mild backaches
- Stimulates circulation to the brain
- Helps lower high blood pressure

MENTAL BENEFITS:

- Calms the mind and soothes the brain
- Reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue

THERAPEUTIC USES:

- Fatigue
- Mild depression
- Headaches

AVOID THIS POSE IF YOU HAVE:

- Avoid the full forward bend if you have lower-back problems

HELPFUL TIPS:

There are different levels of intensity in this pose. The aim is to keep your back straight, rather than reaching your head or hands to the floor. If you’re new to this pose, you can put your palms on a chair or on two blocks in front of you in order to maintain a straight back.

FOR STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS OF THIS POSE GO TO:

http://www.yogajournal.com/pose/wide-legged-forward-bend/

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