Wednesday, December 31, 2008

This is a traditional posture but its reference is not available in old yoga texts. The hands are being brought near legs hence it is called Padahastasana.
Technique :-
Stand erect, legs together, hands by the side of the thighs. Gaze in front.
Slowly bend forward, as much as posible.
Bend a little more and try to place the palms, with fingers pointing forward, on the ground on either side of the legs.
Place the forehead between the knees.
After some time return to the original position.
Remember :-
While bending forward, relax your back muscles.
In the beginning legs can be kept apart.
It is easy to bend during exhalation.
Benefit and Limitations :-
It is beneficial in indigestion, stiffness of spine, pain in hip joints and breathing problem.
Those suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease and acidity, should not practise it.