6 Pillar Challenge- Flexibility Pillar – Paschima Namaskar
Paschim Namaskarasana, also known as the Reverse Prayer pose, is an upper-body strengthening pose that focuses on the arms and abdomen. Viparita Namaskarasana is another name for it.
This is a warm-up yoga pose that prepares the body for more challenging yoga poses. This is a great pose that incorporates tight wrists and forearms into a position that you don’t take very often in your daily life.
This is one of the most important asanas in yoga, with numerous health and fitness benefits. Aside from that, it realigns the shoulder blades or wrists, which is a common problem area for anyone who surfs on a regular basis.
This heart-opening posture not only strengthens the flexibility pillar out of the 6 Pillars of Yogic Wellness but also creates a system of Yog Shuddi which maintains the body in harmony and balance while preparing it to deal with high-energy states. It also improves the physical body’s, mind’s, and energy system’s capabilities while creating the foundation for total control of the human system.
Why you should take this Challenge?
- Paschim Namaskar Asana is excellent for relieving neck and back pain. The tension in the muscles is reduced and pain is relieved by performing this yoga asana.
- This yoga pose will help you to become more flexible in your spine, shoulders, and arms.
- Paschim Namaskar Asana improves body posture while also relieving stress and calming the mind.
- People who are experiencing negative emotions such as anger, sadness, or anxiety should practise ‘Paschim Namaskar Asana’ on a daily basis. According to research, regular practise of Reverse Prayer Posedown reduces negative emotions.
- This asana promotes digestion and also helps to maintain your metabolism and energy levels.
Follow the steps for performing Paschim Namaskar Asana:
- Begin in Tadasana pose.
- Relax the shoulders and bend your knees a little.
- Bring your arms behind your back and join the palms with fingertips facing downward.
- As you inhale, turn the fingertips inwards towards the spine and bring them to face upwards.
- Ensure that the knees are still slightly bent and the palms are pressed firmly against each other.
- Stay in the position for a couple of breaths.
- As you exhale, slowly turn the fingertips downward.
- Bring the arms to the side of the body and slowly come back into Tadasana.
Contraindications: Who shouldn’t do this Challenge?
- Those with a severe back injury, hip injury, ankle injury, or knee injury, recent back or waist surgery, or spinal column ailments in the lower vertebrae should avoid this asana.
- Those who have high or low blood pressure should not perform this asana without supervision.
- Those suffering from a severe headache should avoid this asana.
- Those who have a hernia of any kind should avoid this practice.
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