Paschimottanasana Benefits and Contraindications

Paschimottanasana is one among the essential yoga poses; it is not very difficult compared to some other poses like mayurasana or vrischikasana, yet it is full of health and spiritual benefits.

The asana tones the abdominal organs and eliminates their lethargy. It also tones the kidneys, rejuvenates the entire spine and improves digestion.

The spine is horizontal in animals, and the heart is below it, which provides health and greater endurance. In humans, the spine is vertical, and the heart is not in a lower position to it, so people quickly get tired and are prone to heart disease.

paschimottanasana benefitsIn Paschimottanasana the spine is aligned horizontally, making the heart staying lower, under it. The prolonged stay in the pose gives a nice massage to the heart, spine and abdominal organs, toning and strengthening them; and it also gives repose to the mind.

Due to the intense stretching in the pelvic area there is more oxygen enriched blood coming there, which results in more nutrition to the pelvic and abdominal region. This increases body’s vitality, cures impotence, gives a person the ability to control their sexual activity, which give paschimottanasana another name – Brahmachariasana. In Sanskrit, Brahmacharya means celibacy, and celibacy is the ability to control own sexual desires and urges.

One should be very serious about paschimottanasana practice. In Hatha Yoga Pradipika (1-31) it is said that paschimottanasana gathers prana (life air) from the upper part of the body to the lower one. It kindles the digestive fire, turns fat people into slim, and also heals all the diseases of man.

During the practice of this asana the density of pranic streams significantly increases on the whole back surface of the body. This leads to strengthening and stabilization of energy circulation in the main energy channels of the subtle body (linga sharira).

Paschimottanasana removes fatty deposits on the back and around the hips, cures sciatic neuralgia, constipation, hemorrhoids, diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, including acute ones, eliminates nocturnal emissions in men, eliminates general lethargy and weakness, makes the body strong, flexible and sturdy.

Many yogis use Pashchimottanasana to warm up before exercise.

ATTENTION! In order to achieve a better effect from paschimottanasana technique, you need to focus on a point in the middle of the forehead, on the border of the scalp. If it seems difficult for you, you can start with concentration on the forehead center of on the point between your eyebrows. If you fail to do this too, focus on the nose bridge.

Paschimottanasana Contraindications

In case of the painful and enlarged liver and/or spleen, or you have a herniated disc or acute appendicitis; you should never do paschimottanasana until you remove the symptoms of the above mentioned conditions!

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    I HAVE DONE PASCMNITOSANA ASAN FOR MOR THAN 45 MINUTES FOR 2 MONTHS A WITH ONE BRAEK ON NLY SO THIS IN BENEFECIAL OR DAngerous to my health please tell me i have done before 3 years in 2008

  2. parth
    parth at ·

    should we control on eating when doing paschimottanasana ??
    can it be done daily ???
    to cut out fat how much time it requires and how many minute we should do it daily ??? if are able to do it easily ???

  3. manmeetsingh
    manmeetsingh at ·

    Damodar now days i want to ask that paschmnitosana is gift bhagawan shiv in many ways i want to no that paschmnitosana improves kidney problems heart problems and mental health it also improves the sprituality level of prson but i want to know that if person is doing one asa like paschmnitosana like i have done for 45 sometimes 50 minutes for 2 months regularly what does other problems would be created from this long durationasan what are other problems which would be rised due to it amd suppose if i would be doing this asan again what are side effects for it please expain in detailed

    Paschmnitosana is gift of lord shiv shankar but some times got uppset due to not understanding that asan may result into bad effect if i am doing for long hours

  4. manmeetsingh
    manmeetsingh at ·

    Thanks brother for ur coments and written but still i want to ask what ar is real benefit with this and if have done asan for 40 minutes before 3 years can i do it now for 4 to 5 minutes or it is not beneficial tel me bro i am very sorry for asking u again and again about it

  5. manmeetsingh
    manmeetsingh at ·

    Damodar hi..

    I am manmeet asking that i am doing all asan how much time i should do paschmnitosana as i was doing befor 50minutes for 2 months it can damage my bak bone or not and what is cause of asan if i do paschmnitosana my height can grow up or not as i am now 20 i can go taller or not

  6. Raam
    Raam at ·


    I plan to do a sequence of Surya namaskar and Paschimottanasana, to reduce weight/belly fat. Will it work?

    Also, pls guide me on how many months, it will take to see result? ramu

  7. manmeetsingh
    manmeetsingh at ·

    That is otther question that yoga increases height or not which are yoga that actually increases height but what are other asan to increase height and how one can increase its height by asans

  8. manmeetsinghi
    manmeetsinghi at ·

    I am not asking that height would increase or not what are other asan to uncrease height bro

    1. ramu
      ramu at ·

      Why do u keep spamming somuch dude ? get a life

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