My favorite position: Paschimottanasa, by Paquita Melgar

In this section "My favorite position" a teacher or yoga teacher explains the keys of an asana. Paquita Melgar in this case makes it.

My favorite position is Paschimottanasana, popularly known as "clip". His Sanskrit name consists of two words, which mean: 'Paschima' = West or later, and "tan" = extension, stretch. Therefore the final translation would be "stretching from the rear". The Hatha Yoga Pradipika It reads it as follows:

I_28. Paschimottanasana: remain with both legs extended on the ground holding the toes with your hands and supporting the head on his knees.

I_29. This excellent asana makes the pra? to flow through your? humna, stimulates gastric fire (pitta), flexible back and eliminates all illnesses that affect people.

In this asana and any of its variants I feel comfortable and I remain long in it without effort. It is a stance that helps me greatly to the concentration and interiorization, gives me great peace and facilitates me after his execution the entrance to meditation.

It is not easy to do when even one is beginner, because except in isolated cases, most of the people have difficulty in push-ups it since his column tends to be very rigid by the lack of mobility and the tensions. But there is worry because with time and practice you can get.

It is convenient to make a dynamic preparation and a series of contractions (yoga of Babacar Khane) that prepare to practice.

Once the preparation should sit on the floor with your legs stretched. Inspiring rise to the vertical arms and is a stretch. Then and during the expulsion takes the trunk towards the legs, bending at the level of the hip joint, and hands are feet until you take well fat fingers or, if ankles can not.

Once we are in the position we try to perfect it, trying to bend the elbows and bring them to the ground. The chest will be in contact with the thighs and if the head to the knees, place the Chin and forehead.

The legs should be stretched. If difficulties from having to reach its full implementation, we would do the approximation to the position that would allow us to our body. There is also the possibility of helping us with tapes.


  • Stretching of the spine and back muscles.
  • In addition to the spine reinforces the belt.
  • Stretching of the muscles and ligaments of the back of the legs, as well as the nerves, liberating in some cases problems with the sciatic nerve.
  • Stimulation of all the abdominal viscera. Deletes functional disorders of the liver and gallbladder, kidneys, spleen, intestines, etc.
  • It stimulates the blood and lymphatic circulation.
  • It stimulates energy circulation through Sushumna and chakras.
  • It promotes the gathering and internalization.
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By • 13 Nov, 2012 • section: Asanas