How to Perform the Standing Forward Bend Posture (Padahasthasan)
The Standing Forward Bend Posture (Padahasthasan)
Standing postures are very good to enhance flexibility and strengths of your hips and legs and also increases balance in the body. The standing forward bend posture lengthens the back and joints and blood supply to the brain. One should be comfortable doing the standing forward bend posture before moving to advance postures. The standing forward bend is a posture of surrender like sitting forward bend (Paschimottasan) so one should not be fighting in the posture and simply should relax the spine with breathing while in the posture.
The Standing Forward Bend Posture (Padhasthasan) is a very good relaxing posture. If one is tired of long walk or play then this posture relaxes the back and fatigue goes off immediately as most of the fatigue accumulates at the base of the spine
This posture is similar to Sitting Forward Bend (Paschimottasan) as one has to stretch from the base of the spine, but here gravity of the earth assists in moving the body in downward direction. Stand upright with both the feet together. Lift both the arms straight over head while inhaling and bend in forward direction and then downward direction from the base of the spine. While in the posture keep your breathing normal. In the beginning try to hold the posture for at least thirty seconds and as you gain experience keep increasing the time.
Benefits of the Standing Forward Bend Posture (Padahasthasan):
- Improves the flexibility of the spine.
- Strengthens thighs, hamstrings and calf muscles.
- Removes stiffness from spine, back and neck.
- Decreases stress and anxiety and calms the mind.
- People with cervical problem should attempt very carefully and under guidance of a qualified teacher.