The Sanskrit word prasarita (pronounced prah-sah-ree-tah) means "outstretched" and pada, (pronounced pah-dah) means "foot." This posture, also called the wide-legged standing forward bend, stretches your hamstrings and your adductors (on insides of the thighs) and opens your hips. The hanging forward bend increases circulation to your upper torso and lengthens your spine. Figure 7-9 shows you this posture; here's how you do it:
1. Stand in the mountain posture, exhale, and step your right foot out to the right about 3 to 31/2 feet (or the length of one leg).
3. As you exhale, bend forward from the hips and soften your knees.
4. Hold your bent elbows with the opposite-side hands and hang your torso and arms.
5. Stay in Step 4 for 6 to 8 breaths.
A great way to release pressure in your lower
Note: In the classic version of this posture, the legs are straight, the head is on the floor (and the chin presses the chest), and the arms reach back between the legs, palms on the floor.
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