How to perform Paschimottanasana
While sitting on the floor, keep your legs straight with heels touching the ground. Now slightly bend forward while inhaling and try to get hold of your foot by your hands without bending the knees. Bend slighly more and try to touch your knees with your nose.
Initially one may not be flexible enough to complete the whole procedure or the fats in the abdomen may act as a barrier, but at initial stage bend as much as you can, but dont bend your knees. Dont do it too fast, as the important thing is to remain in the bending posture for longer duration than to do more and more randomly.
So at initial stage bend as much as you can and remain in that posture for at leat 5 to 6 minutes. Repeat this 3-5 times a day.
Benefits of Paschimottanasana
As mentioned above this yoga is a wonder to reduce fat from abdomen and is especially for postpartum women or women after child birth. Thus it maintain the shape of the body, maintain flat abs. Paschimottanasana is also useful for women having irregular menstruation or painful menstruation. Older women attaining menopause suffers with many menopausal symptoms like hot flushes, anxiety etc. Paschimottanasana helps in curing those menopausal symptoms.
In general being a stretching exercise Paschimottanasana increases flexibility of spine, back and legs and strengthen muscles over there. It is also useful for a person having chronic indigestion problem.
Paschimottanasana also helps in problems like sinusitis, as there is flexibility of body, one may feel fresh thus it also helps in curing anxiety and depression and tends to delay fatigueness.
Precautions while performing Paschimottanasana
This yoga Paschimottanasana is strongly prohibited for those having recent back injury. A patient of bronchial asthama do do this yoga carefully and if the symptoms aggravate should stop doing this till asthama is releived by dhanurasana.
A person having diarrhea due to any reason should not perform Paschimottanasana till his/her diarrhea is controlled.
Thus Paschimottanasana is a yoga with a touch of exercise and one should always perform it to have a good and attractive figure in spite of being a mother.