The Paschimottan Asana or West Facing Stretch aims at giving good stretch from the heels to the top of the spine, messaging the internal organ, reducing fat and activating the nervous system, enhances concentration ability and establishes perennial youth.
Start by sitting in Danda Asana.
Stretch your arms up towards head.
Keep on stretching up to your capacity.
It tones the muscles of posterior side of the body from ankle to neck.
It strengthens the arms and pectoral girdle (shoulder blade).
It is excellent for people who wants to reduce around the waist line, hip and thighs.
It massages and increases the blood supply to the abdominal organs i.e. stomach, liver, pancreas, ovaries, reproductive system, spleen, kidneys and excretory organs.
It reduces the stiffness of calf muscles, thighs and relax the spasm of the back muscles.
It give natural traction to the back vertebrae.
It increase flexibility of the spine and loosen up the spinal ligament.
It stretches the ribcage and enforces the expansion of lungs.
It increases the supply of oxygen and blood to the brain.
It brings clarity of mind by reducing mental sluggishness.
It allows the prana to flow from Ida and Pingala into Sushmana.
It activates the solar, sacral and coccygeal psychic centers and thereby improving the overall personality of human beings.
It is one of the Asanas for Asananjaya or victory of Asanas.
With this Asana Vyan Vaayu is activated and blockage of prana in the posterior side of the body is removed.
It cures diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, hormonal imbalance, poor flexibility, prolapsed abdomen, constipation, gastric complaints, muscular rheumatism of back, flatulence, enlargement or sluggishness of liver/ spleen, increases vitality and enhances the power of sex drive control, menstrual disorders.