Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana) is a classic pose from Hatha yoga. Paschimottanasana literally translates to “Intense Stretch of The West”. It gives the whole back of your body a good stretch, from your calves to your hamstrings (back of the thighs) to your spine.
Benefits and Contraindications
Balances liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, ovaries and uterus
Stretches spine, shoulders, hamstrings and pelvis
Therapeutic for high blood pressure, insomnia, infertility and sinusitis
Pregnancy (2nd and 3rd trimester requires modifications)
Photo poses in different angles
Modifications, Props & Tips
If you have difficulty reaching all the way to your toes, position a yoga strap around your feet and grasp it with both hands. You may also bend your knees enough so you can reach your feet with your hands.