Forward Bend Yoga Poses and Its Benefits
| February 13, 2009
Forward bend poses look very simple and easy but they do have very beneficial effects on the entire system. There are several kinds of forward bend poses in yoga that you can practice such as the Janu Shirsha Asana or the head to knee forward bend pose, Pada Hasta asana or the forward bend hands and feet pose, Paschimottan asana or the forward bend pose, Uttana asana or the standing forward bend, Ardha Uttana asana or Standing Half Forward Bend, Bala asana or the child's pose, Ananda Bala asana or the Happy child's pose, Padangustha asana or the Big Toe Pose, Baddha Kona asana or the Bound Angle Pose, Uttana Shisho asana or the Extended Puppy Pose, Adho Mukha Shvana asana or the Downward Facing Dog, Parsvottana asana or the Intense Side Stretch Pose, Marichyasana I or the pose dedicated to the Sage Marichi, I, Upavistha Kona asana or the Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend, Prasarita Padottana asana or the Wide Legged Forward Bend etc.
The best of all the forward bend poses is the Surya Namaskar or the sun salutation that is a powerful series of 12 different poses which help to workout your entire body from head to toe. The forward bend asanas or postures have a massaging action on the organs in the upper body. Forward bends open up your back, promote total exhalation of air from the lungs by compressing the chest and also help to calm down your mind. The forward bending asanas or postures bend the back to the shape it was when the body was in the womb that is also called the primary curve. This makes some space between the spinal vertebrae that improves the circulation around it and has overall beneficial effects on the body. The nerves from all the different organs in the body pass through the spinal cord and the improved circulation benefits all of them in a great way. The forward bend poses give an internal massage as well as improve the circulation to the various organs like the abdomen, pancreas, liver, intestines and kidneys. They also help to lengthen and strengthen the hamstrings, muscles of the inner leg, make the muscles of the back more supple and boost the strength of the legs and the knees. Forward bend poses help the balancing air, which is known as the Samana vayu. This has beneficial effects on digestion, body temperature, menstruation, childbirth, etc.