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Purvottanasana
 

What is Purvottanasana?

Purvottanasana or the inclined plank (back bend) is an intense stretch for the front of the body
from the toes to the collarbones which stimulates the energy pathways in the body. In Sanskrit purva means east or front of body and purvotta means intense stretch of front of body. This asana is athe counter pose of Paschimottanasana or the forward bend.

 

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What is the technique of Purvottanasana?

Sit upright with your spine straight and legs hip distance apart and parallel. Bend your knees so
that your feet touch the floor. Place your hands at your sides with arms straight. Inhaling, rock your weight onto your feet and raise your hips as you bend, then straighten your elbow, keeping your shoulder pressed down. Allow your head to relax backward or keep neck extended by looking toward your hips. Exhaling, reverse your path to the sitting position. Repeat three to eight times, then inhale into position and hold as a static pose.

 

What are the benefits of practicing Purvottanasana?

Purvottanasana tones and strengthens the whole body but it is highly effective in strengthening core body strength. It stretches arms, abdomen, legs and neck and opens the chest. As a balancing pose it helps with your sense of balance and calm.

 

 
What are the cautions?

Do not practice this asana if you have any recent or chronic injury of legs, hips, neck, arms or have any sort of neck or lower back problem.

 

Yoga Exercises

Adho Mukha Svanasana II Anulom Viloma II Apanasana II Ardha Matsyendhrasana II Balasana II Bhunjangasana II Bidalasana II Chandrasana II Chaturangasana II Gomukhasana II Halasana II Janu Sirsasana II Jathra Parivartanasan II Konasana II Mandukasana II Matsyasana II Natarajasana II Padmasan II Paripurna Navasana II Parsva Uttanasana II Pascimottanasana II Pranayama II Purvottanasana II Salamba Sirsasana II Sarvangasana II Setu Bandha Sarvangasana II Siddhasana II Simhasana II Sukhasana II Utkatasana II Uttanasana II Utthita II Vajrasana II Virbhadrasana II Vriksasana

 
 
 

 

 

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