Ayurveda Pitta Pacifying Yoga: Intense Westward Stretch | Banyan Botanicals

Seated Forward Bend (Pashimottanasana)

A Pitta Pacifying Yoga Pose

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Sit up with an elongated spine and stretch the legs out in front of your body. Engage the legs by hugging the muscles to the bones and flex the feet. On an inhalation, reach the arms overhead and exhale to hinge at the hips extending the torso over the legs. Pay careful attention to your spine. The spine should be elongated in this pose as opposed to round. Place your hands on the thighs, calves or feet. It is more important to have a long extended spine in this pose rather than trying to touch your toes.

Pitta Focus:

Surrender to the pose and have compassion for your body's limitations. Breathe into the back of the body and extend your exhalation. Enjoy the internal sensations that arise.

Benefits:

Stretches the hamstrings, calms the mind, tones the spine and compresses the abdominal organs.