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Paschimottanasana

पश्चिमोत्तानासन

Paścimottānāsana

Utthita Trivikrimasana [thumb mini] Nata Rajasana A [thumb mini] Nata Rajasana B [thumb mini] Raja Kapotasana [thumb mini] Eka Pada  Raja  Kapotasana [thumb mini] Urdhva  Dhanurasana [thumb mini] Way in the Posture [thumb mini] Way in the Posture [thumb mini] Urdhva  Dhanurasana [thumb mini] Paschimottanasana [thumb mini solar]
Paschimottanasana


Paschima (पश्चिम, Paścima) = West, Back of Body, Back; Traditionally the Yoga practice is aligned toward the East. The back of the body therefore points to the West.
uttana (उत्तान, uttāna) = intense stretch, straight, extended
Asana (आसन, Āsana) = Posture, seat
Paschimottanasana (पश्चिमोत्तानासन, Paścimottānāsana) = Posture-of-intense-stretch-of-Back of Body

Vinyāsa breath Dṛṣṭi explanation of movement
1 IN añguṣṭhamadhye raise arms overhead
2 EX nāsāgre spread fingers, hinging at the hip fold forward, hands to ground Uttanasana (उत्तानासन, Uttānāsana)
3 IN bhrūmadhye come half-way up with straight spine, lift head
4 EX nāsāgre hands down, float back, ellbows close to chest Chaturanga Dandasana (चतुराङ्ग दण्डासन, Caturāṅga Daṇḍāsana)
5 IN bhrūmadhye roll on tops of feet, open the chest, straighten arms, Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana (ऊर्ध्व मुख श्वानासन, Ūrdhva Mukha Śvānāsana)
6 EX nābicakre tuck toes, push back, lift hips, straight arms Adho Mukha Shvanasana (अधो मुख श्वानासन, Adho Mukha Śvānāsana)
7 IN   jump forward balancing on straight arms, bend legs in the air
  (EX)   swing through, get down, extend legs, Dandasana (दण्डासन, Daṇḍāsana)
8 IN bhrūmadhye put hand around feet, lift head, straight back
9 EX   lower down over legs
  5BR pādayoragre Paschimottanasana (पश्चिमोत्तानासन, Paścimottānāsana)
10 IN bhrūmadhye lift head, extend arms, straight back
  (EX) nāsāgre place hands on ground, contract
11 IN   swing in Balance-Posture
12 EX nāsāgre lower down slowly, elbows close to the body, Chaturanga Dandasana (चतुराङ्ग दण्डासन, Caturāṅga Daṇḍāsana)
13 IN bhrūmadhye roll on tops of feet, open the chest, straighten arms, Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana (ऊर्ध्व मुख श्वानासन, Ūrdhva Mukha Śvānāsana)
14 EX nābicakre tuck toes, push back, lift hips, straight arms, Adho Mukha Shvanasana (अधो मुख श्वानासन, Adho Mukha Śvānāsana)
15 IN bhrūmadhye jump feet between hands, straighten the spine half way up, lift your head,
16 EX nāsāgre bring chest all the way in, Uttanasana (उत्तानासन, Uttānāsana)
- IN bhrūmadhye lift the head again, straighten spine, palms or finger tips remain on the ground
  EX nāsāgre stand all the way up, arms on sides, Samasthitih (समस्थितिः, Samasthitiḥ)

legend for the Vinyāsa table:

  • The grey part of the table is performed in Aṣṭāṅga-Yoga practice.
  • Yellow marked is the position depicted on the photo.
  • Vinyāsa:1 = ekam; 2 = dve; 3 = trīṇi; 4 = catvāri; 5 = pañca; 6 = ṣaṭ; 7 = sapta; 8 = aṣṭau; 9 = nava; 10 = daśa; 11 = ekādaśa; 12 = dvādaśa; 13 = trayodaśa; 14 = caturdaśa; 15 = pañcadaśa; 16 = ṣoḍaśa; 17 = saptadaśa; 18 = aṣṭadaśa; 19 = ekonavimśatiḥ; 20 = vimśatiḥ; 21 = ekāvimśatiḥ; 22 = dvāvimśatiḥ; 23 = trayovimśatiḥ; 24 = caturvimśatiḥ; 25 = pañcavimśatiḥ; 26 = ṣoḍavimśatiḥ; 27 = saptavimśatiḥ; 28 = aṣṭovimśatiḥ
  • breath: IN = Inhalation; EX = exhalation; 5BR = five breaths
  • Dṛṣṭi: nāsāgre = to the nose; añguṣṭhamadhye = to the middle of the thumb; bhrūmadhye = in the middle of the eye brows; nābicakre = to the navel; ūrdhvadṛṣṭi = upwards; hastāgre = to the tip of the hand; pādayoragre = to the tip of the foot; pārśvadṛṣṭi = sidewards
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