This heart opening posture opens the abdomen allowing for deeper breath. It stretches the pectoral muscles, shoulder joint capsules, and deltoids, as well as numerous upper back muscles.
Universally throughout the world, bringing the hands together at the heart symbolizes reverence, prayer offering and a recognition of the Divine in oneself and others.
Pashchima Namaskarasana brings the prayer around to the other side of the heart! It open the shoulders, chest and heart area and improves flexibility in the arms and wrists. From a sense of openness & reverence the Divinity within flows abundantly and graciously through us and carries us from the mat and beyond.
Core-low back integration
Deepens hamstring and hip flexibility
To remain elevated, a balance must be found by the lower body in distributing energy and weight back and forward equally
Light up the night (or day) with your inner yogi glow
These heating inversions increase core strength and create body balance.
Use gravity to provide the brain with more oxygen and blood - increase mental functioning, improve concentration, memory, and put life into perspective from upside down!
Concentrate on holding your gaze at one point on the floor below you, keeping the hips stacked over the shoulders, fingers spread wide. Hold for as long as you can, of course!