Ayurveda Vata Pacifying Yoga: Wide Standing Forward Bend | Banyan Botanicals

Wide-Legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)

A Vata Pacifying Yoga Pose

Wide Standing Forward Bend

On an inhalation straighten the right leg and turn the right foot in towards the left. You should be in a wide stance with toes turned slightly in. Bring the hands to the hips and exhale as you gently extend down into a forward bend. Hands can remain on the hips or place them on the floor, blocks or any other support that allows you to be in the forward bend with a long extended spine. Move with your breath. As you inhale, rise slightly up and exhale to fold a little deeper.

Vata Focus:

Internal rotation of the femurs, hug the muscles to the bones to support strong legs and breathe deep into the abdominal area encouraging movement and internal massage.

Benefits:

Stimulates downward moving energy (apana vayu), rejuvenates, opens the spine, hamstrings and groin, relaxes the body by activating the parasympathetic nervous system and massages the abdominal and pelvic organs.