Paschimottanasana (sitting forward bend) precautions

Yoga: Three reasons you should not do Yoga pose Sitting Forward Bend

Sitting Forward Bend – (Paschimottanasana)

“Never force yourself into a forward bend when sitting on the floor”

Yogasana, the third limb of Raja Yoga also popularly understood by mass population as yoga is getting popular as never before in both eastern and western countries. The reason for Yogasana (popularly know as Yoga) to gain popularity are numerous ranging from releasing stress, flexibility to helping patient suffering from various diseases. Although the initial objective of Yogasana (Yoga) in Raja Yoga was different, however the ability of yoga to help patient with various ailments is really praiseworthy.

The Sitting Forward Bend is one of the most demanding postures of Yoga. In this pose the body is folded almost in half, providing an intense stretch to the entire back of the body, from the scalp down to the heels.

Beginners often struggle in this yoga pose. If you pull yourself forward using your shoulders and arms you will create the tension through your body and you will end up tightening your muscles and this will not allow you to get into the posture any quicker. While doing this asana give some time for the muscles to stretch and to release the tension. Often, because of tightness in the back of the legs many students do not go very far forward. For those who find it difficult to do the full Sitting Forward Bend they can do the half pose at a time.

The yoga pose Sitting Forward Bend stimulates the kidneys, liver, spleen and pancreas improving digestion in the body. This yoga pose tones and massages the entire abdominal area and it relieves constipation. It stretches the hamstring muscles, lumbar and sacral regions and increases flexibility in the hip joints. Regular practice of this yoga pose removes excess weight in the abdomen area.

Three important reasons (out of many) not to do Yoga pose Sitting Forward Bend:

1) A person who suffers from slipped disc and sciatica should not practice this powerful asana.

2) Anyone who has asthma can avoid the practice of this yoga pose.

3) If you are pregnant, avoid this yoga pose as it puts stress on the womb instead only try pregnancy yoga.

Issued in public interest by Subodh Gupta Celebrity Yoga Instructor in Chelsea, Kensington London

Mr.Subodh Gupta, a Corporate Yoga Trainer has conducted more than 500 workshops on corporate wellness. He has been interviewed by various TV channels in India and London and also conducts palm reading in London.

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