Monday, September 24, 2007

Pashchimottan Asana

This asana is also known as ‘Ugrasana’. ‘Ugra’ means ‘Shiva’. Lord Shiva is believed to be the god of armihilation. So he is called ‘Ugra’ or ‘the terrible’. As this asana is very difficult to practise, it is known as ‘Ugrasana’.

Sit on the floor with the legs stretched straight in front. Bend the trunk forward and hold the feet with the thumbs and the first and the middle fingers. Exhale, and bend the trunk lower so that the head rests on the knees. Draw the abdomen in while bending lower. This will make the bending of the trunk easy. While bending, bring the head between the arms. The aspirants having flexible spine can touch the knees with the head at the first attempt. Fat persons will find some difficulty in practising this asana. Persons having a weak spine will take a fortnight or a month to accomplish perfection in this asana. Rcmain in this asana for five seconds. Begin with thirty seconds trid gradually increase it to ten minutes.


  1. Pashchimottanasana is the foremost of all asanas. Its effect is that the life force flows through the Sushumna nadi and it kindles gastric fire.
  2. Excessive fat around the abdomen is reduc d by practising this asana.
  3. It tones up the kidneys, the stomach, the liver and . abdominal organs.
  4. It tones up the intestines and improves digestion.
  5. This asana cures constipation, indigestion, liver diseases and loss of appetite.
  6. The practice of this asana helps the joints to regain elasticity. It rejuvenates the entire spine.
  7. It makes the body handsome and shapely.
  8. It strengthens the calvic muscles.
  9. It cures hiccough.

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