Paschimottanasana, Supported Forward Fold

by Restorative Yoga Poses on February 27, 2011

Benefits:
This restorative yoga pose is helpful for lengthening hamstrings, calves, and spine. When done properly, it can also alleviate anxiety, fatigue, headache as well as improve digestion and well-being.

Props:
Rolled blanket or Bolster, pillow, yoga block.

Technique:
1) Begin by placing the rolled blanket or bolster under your knees with your knees comfortably bent.
2) Position the pillow on your thighs towards the abdomen.

3) On in inhale reach your hands upward and exhaling slowly start to fold over your legs onto the pillow. The stretch should be comfortable. If there is any discomfort increase the height of the support beneath your knees and/or place the yoga block on the pillow to support your head.
4) Close your eyes and breathe deeply into the belly softening further into the pose with each exhalation as you release your thoughts and come into the moment.

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