Paschim = west. In this context, it means backside; namaskar = greeting; asana = pose
Paschim Namaskarasana or the Reverse Prayer pose is an upper body strengthening pose that works specifically on the arms and the abdomen. It is also known as Viparita Namaskarasana.
How to do Reverse Prayer Pose (Paschim Namaskarasana)
- 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.
Benefits of the Reverse Prayer Pose (Paschim Namaskarasana)
- Opens the abdomen, thus allowing deeper breaths.
- Stretches the upper back.
- Stretches the shoulder joints and pectoral muscles.
Contraindications of the Reverse Prayer Pose (Paschim Namaskarasana)
People with low blood pressure, arm or shoulder injury should avoid doing this pose.
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