The exact translation of Pachimottanasana is “intense stretch of the west”.
First sit on floor with legs horizontal on the floor and straight ahead. Bend your head in front and hold thumbs of both legs with the help of your hands finger without bending your knees. Place your elbow on sides of legs.
Similar to Paschimottanasana are
A similar frontbend is Uttanasana which is a standing front bend. Some consider Paschimottanasana to be a safer stretch since gravity is less of a factor than active flexibility in achieving flexibility in the furthest reaches of the stretch. It is more passive in its initial stages, making it a good transition between the two forms. In risk position, the arms support the upper body more easily. The arm can be used to move further into the position or move out from the position or stretch.
It is not similar to Uttanasana but it is also easy to move the legs. It is easy to move your legs, by roatating them inward or outward, take out from the hip, bending or extending the knees or others, which makes your knees comfortable.
These variations can be performed either as a combined stretch, to change emphasis on different tissues, or simply to take one's mind off of the hamstrings and lower back being stretched. They can be used rythmically to aid in relaxation.
Benefits of Paschimottanasana
- Clams the mind and emotions
- Improves your concentration
- Useful for increasing the height
- Reduces the obesity and many ailments
- Increases the appetite
- Improves the blood circulation back area
- Removing the anxiety and irritability
- Reduce the period pain