Breathing out, bend forward from the waist, keeping the spine erect. As you exhale completely, bring the hands down to the floor, beside the feet.
How to deepen this yoga stretch?
You may bend the knees, if necessary, to bring the palms down to the floor. Now make a gentle effort to straighten the knees.
It’s a good idea to keep the hands fixed in this position and not move them until you finish the sequence.
Uses of Hasta Padasana (Hand to foot pose) :
- The standing forward bend is especially useful in stretching all the limbs and rear muscles of the body while strengthening the hamstring and the sciatic nerve.
- It makes the spine supple and tones the abdominal organs.
- It helps in correcting faulty posture and can even reduce excess fat in the abdomen, waistline, and hips.
- It is also known to energize the brain as well as the pituitary, pineal, thyroid, and parathyroid glands by increasing the blood supply to these areas.