If ‘Pashchimottanasana’ is attained in a standing posture, it becomes a different yogic exercise known as ‘Padahastasana’. This asana is also called ‘Sthita Pashchi mottanasana’. Some people call it ‘Hastapada Mangasana’.

Technique :

  • Stand erect. Keep the arms by the sides. Keep the heels close together.
  • Keep some gap between the feet. Raise both the arms. Slowly bend forward at the waist.
  • Keep the knees stiff and firm. The legs should not bend at the knees.
  • Also do not let the arms bend at the elbows.
  • Keep the palms under the feet as shown in the figure.
  • Slowly exhale while bending low and contract the stomach.
  • Now put your forehead between the knees.
  • If it is difficult to bend low because of fat around the abdomen, try to bend the body slowly; do not bend the knees.
  • Hold this position for two to ten seconds.

Advantages of Padahastasana:

  • Padahastasana removes the superfluous fat from the body making the body light.
  • It directs the ‘apanvayu’ downwards and out at the anus.
  • It has all the benefits of Pashchimottanasana.
  • It rectifies any unevenness in length in the leg owing to the fracture of any bones either in the leg or the thigh.

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