Paschimauttana asana covers the stretching of the whole body from our head to heels. This asana is recommended especially for women after delivery to reduce belly fat and toning the abdominal pelvic organs. It strengthens the back muscles as well as very useful for increasing height. It stretches the spine and brings more flexibility in our body.
How to Perform:
step 1: Sit down on the floor, straighten your legs by stretching them in front of you.
step 2: keep your head neck and spine erect.
step 3: Place the palms on your knees.
step 4: Now bend your head and trunk slowly forward to catch the toes with the thumb, index and middle fingers without bending knees.
step 5: Take a deep breath and exhale slowly.
step 6: Try to touch your head to your both knees.
step 7: Bend the arm and try to touch the elbow on the floor.
step 8: Exhale completely and holding out your breath stay in this posture for a few seconds.
step 9: After few seconds slowly return to your starting position.
step 10:breathe normally.
step 11:Repeat this for 3-4 times.
Pregnant women should not practice Paschimottanasana. Person suffering from slip disc or sciatica problem, asthma should avoid Paschimottanasana. Ulcer patient should not practice.