Seated Forward Bend

Paschimottanasana

Paschimottanasana is a seated forward bend that provides a deep stretch of the hamstrings, spine, and shoulders. This pose is good for all levels of practice, and beginners often find a strap wrapped around the feet useful for this pose. Paschimottanasana is not about touching the feet, but rather about stretching the back and hamstrings so practicing the pose without rounding the back is very beneficial. The name of the pose come from the Sanskrit pashima: 'west', uttana:' intense stretch', and asana: 'posture' (so' intense stretch of the west', i.e. 'back'), but it is commonly refererred to as Seated Forward Bend.