:: Padha Hasthasana

DEFINITION:  Since we use both the hands to touch the legs, it is called padahasthasana.  “Padha” means “legs” and “hasta” means “hands.”  You can say it is “paschimottansana” done in standing position.

  1. Stand straight and do not bend the knees.
  2. Raise both hands above your head and slowly bring down the hands to touch the thumbs of both legs.
  3. You should exhale simultaneously while bringing down the hands when touching the thumb of the legs.
  4. Now, touch the knees with head in bent position.  This is the final stage.
  5. In the beginning, touching the toes and knees with hands and face might be difficult.  But when practised regularly, it becomes easy.

  • Refreshes the back and side muscles when stretched.
  • Refreshes autonomic and peripheral nervous system in the body.
  • Due to the compression of the organs in the lower part of the stomach, waste materials are eliminated out.
  • Prevents gastrointestinal disorders.
  • Half of the benefits of the padmasana is obtained by practising this asana.

DURATION:  Start first with few seconds and then after attaining perfection, you can increase up to two minutes.

  • This asana might appear tough but by practising regularly and slowly will bring perfection. 
  • Asanas should be done in relaxed attitude.
  • If done rashly, it leads to stomachache and other gastrointestinal disorders.  So, always exercise caution while doing any asana.

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