Half Wide Legged Forward Bend Twist Pose or Parivrtta Prasarita Padottanasana (PAHR-ee-VREE-tah prah-suh-REE-tuh pah-doh-tahn-AHS-uh-nuh) comes from six words:
“Parivrtta” — meaning “revolved”
“Prasarita” — meaning “spread” or “expanded”
“Pada” — meaning “foot” or “leg”
“Ut” — meaning “intense”
“Tan” — meaning “to stretch”
“Asana” — meaning “pose”.
This pose allows you to work on flexibility of your hamstrings, hips and shoulders while strengthening your core in the twist. The focus here on lengthening the spine is a good habit to build and use for other yoga twists.
Benefits and Contraindications
Opens the shoulders
Stimulates the abdominal organs and improves digestion
Stretches the hamstrings, calves, hips and lower back
Helps to expand chest
Lower back pain or injuries
Low blood pressure
Migraine or vertigo
Hamstring and shoulder injuries
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