Wide-Legged Forward Bend

Prasarita Padottanasana

Wide-Legged Forward Bend (also called Wide Stance Forward Bend, or Standing Straddle Forward Bend) is a standing forward-bending posture. It is a great hip-opener, and provides a deep stretch to the hamstrings and calves. Beginners often find blocks under the hands a useful prop for this pose, especially if the hands don't easily reach the floor. The Sanskrit name for this pose is Prasarita Padottanasana, from prasarita: 'spread out', pada: 'foot', ut: 'intense', tan: 'to stretch'.