How Paschimottanasana ? useful for Obesity & Spine

Meaning : Paschima means back & Tana means stretch. This means stretching the back. Fatty persons find it difficult to bend forward or backward. This asana is useful for shedding the extra fat from the belly. This asana also improves the elasticity of your spine, helpful for bending forward as well backward. The persons with rigid spinal column , by the practice of this asana takes 15 days to one month for complete success in the posture.



Technique of Paschimottanasana : Sit on the ground & stretch both the legs together in front , hands by the side , palms resting on the ground. Los sen your back muscles & bend the body forward as far as possible. Maintaining this pose loosen your hands & place them where they are comfortable. It would be better if they are put on thigh.

Finally hold the big toes of legs with forefinger or respective hands & place forehead on the knees. When bend down , draw the belly back. This facilitates the bending forward. There is no hurry. When you bend down, bend the head between the hands. Retain it on a level with them.

After few seconds raise the head ,release the big toes & come to original position. Those who find it difficult to do the full Paschimottanasana, can do half pose with one leg and one hand and then with the other leg and hand. They will find this more easy, after some days when the spine has become more elastic, they can practice the full pose.

Things to Remember : Do not force to reach the final position on very day , if it found difficult. Know your limitations & accordingly bend.never fold legs at knees whether you can bend forward or not. Those suffering from ulcer in abdomen should not practice it. Those suffering from chronic constipation should not practice it for more than 3 minutes daily.

Benefits of Paschimottanasana : This asana strenghtens the abdominal muscles. It reduces the fat in the abdominal region & makes the loins lean , it is specifically useful for belly fat. It removes constipation , dyspepsia & seminal weaknesses. It rouses the gastric fire also.

It also removes the possibility of Sciatica. This Asana cures piles & diabetes also. The muscles of the abdomen, the solar plexus, the epigastric plexus, bladder prostate, lumbar nerves, sympathetic cord are all toned up well & keeping them in a healthy, sound condition. Extra fat on belly is seen shedding of by the regular practice of it daily.

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