Wide-Legged Forward Bend: Stretch and Strengthen the Yoga Way!

By HealthSignz | Published: November 10th, 2017

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Stretch, expand, and spread your body the Yoga way by practicing Prasarita Padottanasana for psychological and physical health benefits!

Prasarita Padottanasana derives its name from Sanskrit, where “Prasarita” means stretched or expanded, “Pada” means foot, “Ut” means intense, “Tan” means to stretch or extend, and “Asana” means seat or pose. The stretches and bends involved in this pose improves the flexibility of the body and benefits the health.

Body Parts at Work

This pose in its full expression puts the spine, abdomen, legs, wrists, and arms at work.

Psychological Benefits

Calms the brain and relieves mild depression


  • Tones the abdominal organs and aids in digestion
  • Relieves mild backache
  • Therapeutic for headache and fatigue

To reap the ultimate benefits from this pose always practice under the guidance of a certified Yoga Practitioner. However, avoid if you are suffering from low back problems, undergone a recent abdominal surgery, or during menstruation and pregnancy.

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