Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend)

Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend yoga pose improves immunity and provides more oxygen to the rest of the body improving organ function. When you do Parasarita Padottanasana mindfully, it stretches your hamstrings, calves, and hips; strengthens your feet, ankles, and legs; and build awareness of how to protect your back. Allowing you to take deeper breaths, this pose will build strength in your shoulders and upper back, and it will give length and ease to your neck muscles. Also it increases blood flow to head and brain.

How to do Prasarita Padottanasana

  • Stand upright with a straight spine and feet together with arms at your sides.
  • Step your feet as wide apart as comfortable, pointing your toes forward.
  • Inhale. Exhaling, press away through the palms to help lengthen the spine, lower the crown of the head to the floor.
  • Now, hold your big toes with your hands.
  • Go down in steps, going further on each exhalation.
  • Keep the abdomen and thigh muscles active throughout the practice.
  • Bend your knees and grab the foot from outside with your hands.



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