Paschimottanasana or the forward Bend gives a complete stretch to the entire back of the body, from the skull down to the heels. In Sanskrit, 'Paschim' means back and 'Uthan' means stretch. It is a simple yet powerful position to practice. The original posture is strenuous, but beginners can try out an easier version which is explained below. This Asana can be perfected only after a weeks practice.
How to do :
Restrictions : Start with three rounds and practice a maximum of five rounds a day. Relax for some time between each round. This asana gives strain to the spinal code. Beginners are advised to avoid excessive strain and follow the simple method.
Benefits : Gives flexibility to the spine, restores youthfulness, and acts as a medicinal aid for back ache and stomach troubles. Strengthens the sex glands and massages all the abdominal organs.