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.


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.