The Standing Forward Bend – Padahastasana


The standing forward bend in yoga is called padahastasana. In Sanskrit the word for foot is ‘pada’, and hand is ‘hasta’. So this position whereby the hands are stretched down to grasp the feet translated as the ‘hand to foot pose’. …





This is one of the primary yoga asanas in the hatha yoga system, and one with many benefits. It may take a fair amount of practice in order to attain this full stretch position, especially if there is much tension in the lower back, shoulders, hips and posterior legs.


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Effects and Benefits

The benefits of this practice are numerous. Amoung other things, pada hasta asana helps to tone of the abdominal organs and releive bloating of the abdomen, constipation, indigestion and other gastric troubles. It can also be of help for those who suffer from sciatica, back stiffness, and poor lower body circulation.
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