What is Paschima Baddha Hastasana (mountain pose with the arms folded behind the back)
- The Sanskrit words paschima baddha hastasana mean “hands folded at the back.”
- Baddha means “bound” or “caught.”
- This asana is an easier version of Tadasana
- Paschima namaskarasana and helps to prepare you for the regular pose, which calls for greater flexibility and extension of the back and arms.
Benefits of Paschima Baddha Hastasana
- Boosts confidence and helps reduce depression
- Helps in the treatment of cervical spondylosis
- Relieves arthritis of the shoulders, arms, wrists, and fingers
- Strengthens the knee joints and
- Reduces sciatic pain
- Corrects flat feet
Contraindications and Cautions
- Stress-related headaches
- Eye strain
- Low blood pressure
- Osteoarthritis of the knees
- if you have a slipped disk, keep your feet apart.
- if you have a displaced uterus, keep the tips of your big toes together and your heels apart.
- if you have had polio, or have any problems with your balance, keep your feet at least 10 in (25 cm) apart.