Ayurvedic Treatment

Padahastasana (forward bending pose)

  • Stand with the spine erect, feey together and hands beside the body. relax the body.
  • This is the staarting position.
  • Distribute the weight of the body evenly on both feet.
  • Slowly bend forward, first bending the head, taking the chin toward the chest, then bending the upper trunk, relaxing the shouldes forwards and letting the arms go limp.
  • Bend the mid-trunk and finally the lower trunk.
  • While bending forward, imagine that the body has no bones or muscles. Do not strain or force the body.
  • Place the fingers underneath the toes of bring the palms to the floor beside the feet.
  • If this is not possible, bring the forehead to the knees.
  • In the final possition the body is bend forward with the knees straight and the forehead touching the knees.
  • Hold the position, relaxing the whole back.
  • Slowly return to the starting position in the reverse order.
  • This completes one round.
  • Relax in the upight position before continuing the next round.

Duration

Practise up to 5 rounds, gradully increasing the time for which the posture is held and decreasing the number of rounds, or practise one round for 3 to 5 minutes.

Breathing

  • Inhale in the starting position.
  • Exhale while bending fordard.
  • Breathe slowly and deeply in the final position.
  • Inhale while returning to the starting position.

Benefits

  • This asana massages and tones the digestive organs, alleviates flatulence, constipation nad indigestion.
  • All the spinal nerves are stimulated and tooned.
  • Inverting the trunk increases the blood flow to the brain and improves circulation to the pituitary and thyroid glands.
  • Other benefits resulting from this inversion include increased vitality, improved metabolism, increased concentration and the removal of nasal and throat diseases.
  • The dynamic form of pada hastasana also helps to remove excess weight.

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