- pārśva = side
- uttāna = stretch out
- āsana = posture
Category:Arm and Leg Support / Forward Bend
From a standing position with one leg forward and one back lean the torso forward at the crease of the hip joint. Stop when the torso is parallel to the floor. Press the fingertips or flat palms to the floor on either side of the front foot, maintaining a straight elongated spine. If it isn’t possible to touch the floor, or to maintain a straight spine, support the hands on a pair of blocks. Press the thighs back and lengthen the torso forward, lifting up through the top of the sternum. Then, as flexibility allows, bring the front torso closer to the top of the thigh without rounding the spine. Eventually the long front torso will rest down on the thigh. The gaze is down.
Calms the brain. Stretches the spine, the shoulders, the hips and the hamstrings. Strengthens the legs. Stimulates the abdominal organs. Improves posture and sense of balance. Improves digestion.