Yoga: Three reasons you should not do Sitting Forward Bend
Posted by nick_niesen on October 26th, 2010
Sitting Forward Bend ? (Paschimottanasana)
?Never force yourself into a forward bend when sitting on the floor?
Yogasana, the third limb of Raja Yoga also popularly understood by mass population as yoga is getting popular as never before in both eastern and western countries. The reason for Yogasana (popularly know as Yoga) to gain popularity are numerous ranging from releasing stress, flexibility to helping patient suffering from various diseases. Although the initial objective of Yogasana (Yoga) in Raja Yoga was different, however the ability of yoga to help patient with various ailments is really praiseworthy.
The Sitting Forward Bend is one of the most demanding postures of Yoga. In this pose the body is folded almost in half, providing an intense stretch to the entire back of the body, from the scalp down to the heels.
The Sitting Forward Bend stimulates the kidneys, liver, spleen and pancreas improving digestion in the body. The pose tones and massages the entire abdominal area and it relieves constipation. It stretches the hamstring muscles, lumbar and sacral regions and increases flexibility in the hip joints. Regular practice of this asana removes excess weight in the abdomen area.
Three important reasons (out of many) not to do Sitting Forward Bend:
1) A person who suffers from slipped disc and sciatica should not practice this powerful asana.
2) Anyone who has asthma should not attempt to practice this pose.
3) If you are in the first trimester of pregnancy avoid this asana as it puts stress on the womb. After the first trimester you can practice the pose very gently with your legs slightly apart.
Issued in the interest of people practicing Hatha Yoga by Subodh Gupta, Yoga Expert based in London.