Hatha Yoga

    Standing Forward Bend
    Padahastasana

    Introduction

    standing forward bend

    Padahastasana, or the standing forward bend (literally feet to hands pose), is the eleventh posture in the sequence of 12 basic postures of hatha yoga. It is an inverted posture which provides many of the same benefits of the seated forward bend: the main physical benefit is to stretch the entire backside of the body from the head to the heels.

    Physical Benefits

    Energetic (Pranic) Benefits

    Technique

    To begin, come to a standing position at the front end of your mat with your legs close together.

    To come out of the posture inhale and slowly roll the body up bringing the head up last.

    The standing forward bend is part of the basic yoga class.

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