What is Adhomukha Paschimottanasana (downward facing intense back stretch)
In Sanskrit, paschim literally means “west.”in yogic terms, this refers to the back of the whole body, from the heels to the head.
Although this asana stretches this region intensely, the props enable you to extend the back with ease and hold the pose comfortably, without strain.
Regular practice of the asana tones the liver and kidneys. The stretch also alleviates lower backaches.
Benefits of Adhomukha Paschimottanasana
- Relieves stress related appetite loss
- Helps in the treatment of acidity, ulcers, anorexia, bulimia, and alcoholism
- Tones the liver and kidneys
- Relieves lower backaches
Contraindications and Cautions
Do not practice this asana if you have an episode of diarrhea, or if you are experiencing the symptoms of asthma or bronchitis.