Yoga Pose: Seated Forward Bend (Paśchimottānāsana)

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  • Seated Forward Bend

  • Paśchimottānāsana

  • paśchima = back
  • uttāna = stretch out
  • āsana = posture
  • Category:
    Seated / Forward Bend
  • Difficulty:
    Beginner
  • Description:

    From a seated position with the sits bones rooted into the earth the legs extend forward to the degree that the chest and thighs can stay connected. The fingers wrap around the toes. The upper torso folds forward at the crease of the hips with the spine long. The gaze is forward.

  • Benefits:

    Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression. Stretches the spine, shoulders and hamstrings. Stimulates the liver, kidneys, ovaries and uterus. Improves digestion. Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort. Soothes headache and anxiety. Reduces fatigue. Therapeutic for high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia and sinusitis. Traditional texts say that Paschimottanasana increases appetite, reduces obesity and cures diseases.