Prasarita Padottdnasana

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Prasarita means expanded, spread, extended. Pdda means a foot. The pose is one where the expanded legs are stretched intensely.

technique

1. Stand in Tadasana. (Plate 1)

2. Inhale, place the hands on the waist and spread the legs apart 4V2 to 5 feet. (Plate 15)

3. Tighten the legs by drawing up the knee-caps. Exhale, and place the palms on the floor in line with the shoulders between the feet. (Plate 16)

4. Inhale and raise the head up, keeping the back concave.

5. Exhale, bend the elbows and ¡■est the crown of the head on the floor, keeping the weight of the body on the legs. (Plates 17 and 18) Do not throw the body weight on the head. Both feet, both palms and the head should be in a straight line.

6. Stay in the pose for half a minute, breathing deeply and evenly.

7. Inhale, raise the head from the floor and straighten the arms at the elbows. Keep the head well up by making the back concave as in position 4. (Plate 16)

8. Exhale and stand as in position 2. (Plate 15)

9. Jump back to Tadasana. (Plate 1)

effects

In this pose the hamstring and abductor muscles are fully developed, while blood is made to flow to the trunk and the head. People who cannot do Sirsasana (Plate 90) can benefit from this pose, which increases digestive powers.

All the standing poses described above are necessary for beginnings. As the pupil advances he attains better flexibility and then the standing poses can be dispensed with, though it is advisable to do them once a week. All these standing poses help to reduce the body weight.

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